Last No. 373
Produced in June 2015. Last 373 is a Hand Grade Collection last with a sharp chisel toe, and asymmetric fitting qualities. Sharing a back part with last 363, this last also boasts closer heel clipping reducing slippage, and a slightly narrower waist offering good arch support. With a sharp chisel toe, within the boundaries of English shoemaking, last 373 is a signature for producing the most elegant handmade English shoes of the highest regard. Fitting advice from retail… Last 373 will fit as a more generous version of the 348 last, with the benefits of the sculpted heel part.
The most easily recognisable of all classic styles, is the elegant English Oxford. A formal style that dates back over two hundred years, it is thought to have been named by the students at Oxford University, although it is almost certain that the style predates this ‘naming’ further still. The sequence of operations for constructing an Oxford differs to a Derby. The Inside and outside Quarters are stitched underneath the Vamp and the tongue is stitched in separately underneath the Quarters/Vamp/Facing. Often referred to as ‘Closed Lacing’.