There are only a handful of traditional shoemakers in the world, with perhaps the most famous being the royal warrant appointed John Lobbs in London. Lobbs use traditional rough turn lasts to make their lasts and create bespoke shoes for their customers.
It’s more common now for shoemakers to use pre-made generic lasts and to adapt the leather to the fit, or to outsource last making to a factory.
That what makes the Last Shoemaker so special. We continue to use the time-honoured method of creating our own rough turns and lasts to craft bespoke shoes with a perfect fit.
Over our 10 years of independent shoemaking, we’ve developed 6 different types of lasts, with 6 upper designs created on each last.
Our first batch of lasts were designed and created in Northampton, England by precision last manufacturers Springline. Since then, we’ve studied under master shoe last maker Steve Howe, previously of Lobbs, who now runs Last Shoe Maker House in Eastbourne, England.
We now develop and design all of our own toe shapes and lasts and look forward to launching our seventh last when we open our new flagship store in Bangkok in October.
A guide to Size Conversion can be found here: Shoe Sizing