Friday, January 14, 2011
What is a Shoe "Last"?
A “last” is the mold or form over which the shoe is shaped during manufacturing. It is one of the most important components in shoe making; it determines the width, heel height, size and toe shape.
When shoes used to be made by hand one by one, lasts were hand-carved out of wood or sometimes made of iron. Modern lasts are now made of durable high-density plastic that will withstand the wear and tear of mass production.
Many design variations can be made with one last, details such as straps and embellishments can change, but the toe shape and heel height will always be the same.
Peter Fox Shoes are made with lasts that have been designed and manufactured for us according to our specifications. Characteristics include wider toe boxes (even with the pointy toes), arches that hug the foot and heels that are placed under the natural heel for better balance.
This close attention to the anatomy and detail of the foot is the reason Peter Fox Shoes fit so well and are so comfortable.