The last is what gives the shoe its form. If you control the lastmaking, you control the shape of the finished shoe. We have created our range of shoe designs from our own prototype lasts, hand carved from wood using traditional tools and techniques.
That's what makes the Last Shoemaker so special. We continue to use the time-honoured method of creating our own lasts on which we craft our bespoke shoes- for a perfect fit.
All of our last designs in the Minimalist range, despite the various toe shapes available, meet the standards we have set for our Minimalist shoes. To put it simply, our shoes seek to allow the foot to retain its natural, barefoot shape whilst wearing our shoes. In a word: non-conforming. We are offering two toe styles in our first collection in various shoe styles.
This last creates a pointed toed shoe with a soft chisel point toe shape. We use this design in both formal and casual shoes as well as boots and slip ons. This last provides the same toebox volume as the Wide Toe last but the shoes from this last are slightly longer.
This last creates a square-toed shoe with a rounded toe shape. We use this design in both formal and casual shoes as well as boots and slip ons. This last provides the same toebox volume as the Soft Chisel Point last but the shoes from this last are slightly shorter.
A Minimalist shoe from us expresses all the visual qualities of a traditional handsewn shoe. Though having a heel in appearance, inside, our Minimalist shoe has the necessary characteristics of a non-conforming shoe: zero drop, wide toe box, handsewn and made from natural materials. They are designed with a generous width and wide toe box.
Choose from a Wide Toe or the stylishly pointed classic Soft Chisel Point shapes. Neither compromise a natural, slightly splay toed foot positioning. WIth the Soft Chisel Point, the resulting long, slender and time-honoured look is achieved by following the outlines of a natural foot to its languorous, chisel point conclusion. Who says you can't have long, wide toed, non-conforming, minimalist shoes without style?
A guide to Size Conversion can be found here: Shoe Sizing