Why do we stretch the leather over the last?
Unlike most other producers of wooden clogs, at Troentorp we stretch the leather uppers over the last before nailing the clogs. The leather must be treated as a living material and when lasting the shoes one must be careful since the level of stretch in the upper will depend both on the skin that is being used, and where in the skin the upper has been punched out. This is a very important stage in the production since it will ensure the clogs get a good fit and retain their shape.
What does wet lasting actually mean?
We soak the leather uppers in order to make them stretchable for the lasting. The leather should be stretchable without being spongy such that the fibers can slide smoothly. This is an essential property when the uppers are stretched onto the last. This way the clogs get a good shape already during production and not on the wearer’s foot.
How are the uppers held in place over the last?
If you look closely, you can see some small holes on the wooden bottoms. This is because the uppers have been stretched over the last and fastened with staples before the nailing process. These staples are then removed after the lasts are taken out from the clogs.
Does one last fit all feet?
To get as good a fit as possible we offer all our clogs in different types of lasts depending on if you have a wide or narrow foot. Many models also come with a padded instep for extra support.