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AN OVERVIEW OF SHOEMAKING

Today, specialized departments within the shoe factory handle the various stages of production. This method of division of labor is known as nesting. As soon as each division is done with its respective tasks, the men’s shoe is sent on to the next step in the production process. All this being said, even the finest manufacturing process is not worth much if the materials being processed are insufficient in quality. Good leather is indispensable to making a premium shoe. Our predecessors were well aware of this, as a look back at shoe history reveals.

Designing

Designing entails sketching shoe models and shoe lasts. The resulting templates are crucial to the later stages of the shoe production process.

Shoe Lasts

The completed shoe is only as good as its last. Shoe lasts simulate the form of the human foot—with all of its idiosyncrasies—during shoemaking.

Stamping

The pieces of leather required for shoemaking are cut out and marked during the stamping stage. This ensures against confusion later on when the pieces are stitched together.

Sewing

During the sewing stage, leather pieces are stitched together. First the upper, then the lining. The shaft is reinforced with a toe cap and counter.

Assembling

The core component of the shoemaking process. During the assembly stage, high-quality, Goodyear-welted men’s shoes are made from a number of different materials.

Shoe Room

Before shoes land on store shelves, they receive finishing touches in the shoe room. Here, shoe laces are threaded through, shoe polish is applied, and the shoes are polished to a high shine.