What Is a Shoe Last?

A shoe last is a 3-dimensional wooden or plastic mold upon which a shoe is constructed.

The last used during shoe assembly can affect the overall fit of a shoe, and all lasts include the following dimensions:

  • Heel width
  • Instep height
  • Forefoot width
  • Toe box depth

The vast majority of shoe fit issues can be resolved by changing either the size, width, (or both), and the last upon which a shoe is built could also affect fit.


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