As I mentioned in my previous post, you will have to make a test shoe for a new last.

In my opinion, it is much better to make a complete shoe for a test, something you can wear at least for a few days because some problems with the last I made showed up AFTER A FEW DAYS OF WEAR AND NOT INSTANTLY.
I did glue together a few contraptions to check the fit of my last, everything looked fine then. The nasty surprise came later…
Also, you can’t really tell how nice the shape of a last is unless you have a somewhat decent looking upper, with lining and reinforcements.

Since I am a bloody amateur, it takes about 100 hours for me to make a pair of shoes. Craftsmen like Scheer do it in about 60.

Thats a lot of time invested in a test shoe and I am lazy by nature.

Here is the plan.
I will take a pair of old shoes I don’t wear anyways and recycle them. If the test works, voila, a new pair of shoes. If the last still is not perfect, there is not much lost. At least they were good for something.
It will save me a lot of time by not having to make the upper and by using the “Plain Veldtschoen Construction” I don’t have to stitch the upper and welt onto the insole which also saves a lot of time.


So, here we go.

An old pair of shoes I have worn maybe 3 times. Don’t know what I was thinking when I bought them. They are ugly and uncomfortable. But they do have a nice upper and are made of suede, the most forgiving material in terms of creasing. Kangaroo leather is the worst by the way.


So I carefully separated the upper from the sole…


removed the sythetic material and fabric lining on the front part of the shoe and put in some fresh leather lining.


I simply glued the lining onto the insole. Since I use plenty of material, this will be more than sufficient in terms of durability.

In the plain Veldtschoen construction, the upper is bent outwards.


I first glue the upper onto the outer sole, than glue the welt onto the upper.


Then I stitch on the welt through the upper onto the outsole.

Of course I cannot resist and make a channel to hide the stitching. Open channels are for suckers.


And here we are, a finished test shoe.



Update: The shoes were good enough to be selected by the director of my latest commercial as part of my wardrobe. So I got paid wearing them. Unfortunately they will not be seen in the commercial because they are under the table…