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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Oct 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

"As late as 1850 most shoes were made on absolutely straight lasts, there being no difference between the right and the left shoe. Breaking in a new pair of shoes was not easy. There were but two widths to a size; a basic last was used to produce what was known as a "slim" shoe. When it was necessary to make a "fat" or "stout" shoe the shoemaker placed over the cone of the last a pad of leather to create the additional foot room needed.
Up to 1850 all shoes were made with practically the same hand tools that were used in Egypt as early as the 14th century B.C. as a part of a sandal maker's equipment. To the curved awl, the chisel-like knife and the scraper, the shoemakers of the thirty-three intervening centuries had added only a few simple tools such as the pincers, the lapstone, the hammer and a variety of rubbing sticks used for finishing edges and heels.

Efforts had been made to develop machinery for shoe production. They had all failed and it remained for the shoemakers of the United States to create the first successful machinery for making shoes…."
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

I love the price and quality of good factory-made footwear. But once in Korea I was able to buy a pair of custom made jump boots. I've never before or since had anything on my feet which fitted so well.

People tell me that in the hi-tech era you can buy exactly what you want, but they don't really mean it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse11 Oct 2018 10:34 a.m. PST

(smile)

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