Antique Wood and Leather Shoe Last c.1920
Price is per pair.
Original pairs of cobbler's wooden shoe last used to make hand crafted shoes for a certain client. The shoe last were kept at the cobbler's shop for custom shoes when the client requested a pair. These shoe last have the client's initials and size. For example, "MAJ" and "9" stamped on each pair. The tops of each shoe are removable and held together with rawhide leather. Both have a cast iron hole on the top. They have retained their original finish and have the appropriate wear.
Please note. Due to the volume of shoe last in our shop, we have photographed only one pair. All shoe last are similar but not exact to the one pictured.
- CREATOR Unknown.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1920
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Maple or Beech, Rawhide, Cast Iron.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 4 in. W 11.75 in. D 4 in.
The last is the soul of a shoe. Apart from selecting the leather, there are few elements of the shoemaking process that are more impactful on the end result than the crafting of a last. Originally hand carved by cordwainers, i.e. bespoke shoemakers, using hardwoods like maple or beech.
This pair was salvaged from a cobbler's shop in the Mission District of San Francisco. The shop was open from the 1920s and closed in 2018.