Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Shoe Construction 6: Shoe Last III

  • Straight last:
    • are the least flexible and the most stable.

    • They are intended for people with flat feet.

The Shoe Construction 5: Shoe Last II

  • Semi-curved last:

    • Is more flexible than the straight last, yet more stable than the curved last.
    • It has a wider strip connecting the heel and ball of the foot.
    • It is intended for people with normal arches.

The Shoe Construction 4: Shoe Last

Shoe last

Look at the bottom of the shoe to see which last the shoe was formed on.
And there were three types of shoe last.

Curved last:
    • A thin strip connects the heel and ball of the foot.
    • Makes the shoe light and flexible
    • It is intended for people with a high arch.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Shoe Construction 3: Combination Lasted Shoes

  • Combination lasted shoes:

      • Cardboard in the rear half, and a seam up the front half.
      • More flexible than board lasted shoes
      • More stable than slip lasted shoes.

The Shoe Construction 2: Board Lasted Shoes

The Board Explanation

  • Board lasted shoes:
    • A cardboard board runs the length of the shoe.
    • Very stable.
    • Less flexible.
    • Good construction for flatter feet.

The Shoe Construction 1: Slip Lasted Shoes

The Lasted Explanation

  • Slip lasted shoes:
    • A sewn seam runs the length of the shoe.
    • Most flexible.
    • Less stable.
    • Good construction for feet with high arches.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Type of Shoe 6: Lightweight Hiking and Trail Shoes

  • Designed for day hiking and short trips
  • often with rugged-looking soles and outdoorsy colors.
  • Designed to be breathable, comfortable, and cushioned, sacrificing support and durability compared to boots.