A Step By Step Guide to Shoe Development

Overview

The shoe development process helps us to know about the making of shoes. This article gives a step by step guide of the shoe development process. It is a long process to make handmade shoes before they are ready to wear. There are several steps in this process based on the style of shoes. Let’s jump straight to the step by step guide to shoe development. 

Step By Step Guide

Following are the steps included in the shoe development process:

1. Measurements Process & Selection of Style by Clients

The tailored shoe has the beauty of fitting like a glove. The handmade shoes are according to foot’s anatomy, that’s why they are so unique to wear. These shoes have high-quality leather that will mold to fit the foot’s pressure points. Our Master Last-Maker measures the client’s foot for the shoe. The process begins after taking the measurement selection of shoe shape, materials, and design by the client. After the measurement process, one person takes a series of pictures and scans the foot to get every minute detail that can help develop the quality shoe last.

2. Shoe Last Development

The shoe last is the physical base of the shoe. It comes first before starting the shoe manufacturing process. A shoe last helps give the shoe its shape. Every left and the right shoe has one shoe last that determines its shape as well as the size. There are some things that one should consider while creating last such as foot rolling while one walks, affecting factors such as heel height. Later, to mold them around the shoe, they place it inside the shoe while in the shoe development process. Once finished, it once again helps in making sure that the end fit matches the original design.

3. The Paper Pattern Cutting & Choosing the perfect leather

After the above step, the shoe designer or cutter gets the finished shoe last and the measurement. The paper pattern making is the first job of the shoe designer according to the style of the shoe the client chose. These patterns are of various types such as vamp, cap, tongue, and quarters. The cutter cuts the leather by using these pieces as a guide. He will use this leather in creating the shoe’s upper.
The cutter has the skills of designing footwear on paper and turns it into the beginning of a tailored shoe. Choosing the perfect leather by assessing its weight and flexibility is one of the best abilities and skills of the cutter. 

4. Assembling, Linings, Trimmings of the Shoes

After the shoe development process, the next step is assembling the shoe. In this step, the Cutter gives the last, patterns, and cut the leather to The Closer as he is responsible for forming the finished uppers by stitching the loose pieces of leather together. He includes linings and any trimmings according to the demand of the shoe. The style of the shoe can demand anything such as bindings, elastics, and lace holes. He pulls the upper over the last to ensure the right shape of the shoe after assembly. After this, they tack the finished upper into place.

5. Trial Shoe Before Sending It Into Production

Even if the shoe is starting to come together, it is still not completely ready to be sent into production. The invited client sees the look of the shoe and how the shoe fits before sending it to the production. This step is necessary so that if there are any mistakes, they’ll have the opportunity to make any revisions to make them right. Mistakes such as the height of the heel and the shape at the toe can be there.
It is important to give attention to detail during the shoe development process. Our Master Last-Maker takes final measurements while the client is wearing the shoe to make the shoe measurements right. Comfort is key so they make sure that there is not even the slightest pressure on the foot. If there’s an artisan, make adjustments to make the shoe better.

6. Handing Over Shoes To The Master Craftsman’s Hands

After looking into every aspect now, they can send the custom shoes to the master craftsman’s hands. The maker will take the necessary step to attach the sole to the upper based on the type of shoe construction selected by the client. There are few construction types in the shoemaking such as Goodyear, Blake, or Adhesive, etc. For these types, the Goodyear welt is an intricate shoe development process.
In the shoe development process, firstly, the maker temporarily attaches the insole below the shoe last with the use of three nails. After this, they fix the rubber ridge to the insole and fit and lace the shaft over the last. Then they attach this to the insole by using hot glue and nails.
After making the perfect shape of shoe upper, it is time to stitch a 3mm wide piece of leather or the welt to the insole, the lining of the shoe, and stitch the welt precisely into place by hand. It is the beauty of the Goodyear method that allows you to change the entire sole of the shoe if the shoe wears out over time. It adds more life to your shoes. 

7. Lastly, The Finisher’s Job Is Also Important

The finisher gets the completed shoe from our Last-Maker to remove the last from the shoe. It is the work of the finisher to rub out any small imperfections inside the shoe. After removing all imperfections from the shoe, he fits the seat socks in the shoe. You get the beautiful end product as the finisher makes this transformation using his tools of the trade such as brushes, cloths, and polish mixed with water. The finisher plays an important role in providing a luxurious end product, so thinking that his role is small is not right. Before sending the shoe for packaging and shipping to the client, there is a quality check of every finished product.

Conclusion:

The shoe development process needs professionalism. It is an art that needs expertise and our experts make it happen for you perfectly. It is something that needs proper step by step procedures that are mentioned in this article. We are hopeful that this step by step guide has given you enough information about the shoe development process.

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