Frequently Asked Questions about our Shoe Lasts and Components

  • What shoe size should I order?

    We generally recommend ordering whatever shoe size normally fits you best. However, if you have any doubts, you might consider choosing our service where we recommend a size for you. And if you know your foot shape is irregular, please consider ordering bespoke. Both of these options are available for all of your shoe lasts via the “Level of Customization” drop down.

  • What shoe last do you recommend for making *blank* style of footwear?

    Please have a look at our guide to shoe lasts for particular footwear styles. It is a work in progress, but you might find the answer you are looking for there. If not, please contact us and we’ll be happy to advice you.

  • How do your 3D printed shoe lasts compare to conventional shoe lasts?

    Conventional shoe lasts are CNC machine out of high density polyethylene. We also use a type of polyethylene for our 3D printing process. Our material tends to be a bit harder though, and so it is best to make sure you have sharp nails, such as BLUED BRADS. Another difference is that conventional lasts are solid whereas ours are hollow. However, the wall thickness is plenty thick for receiving nails, have proven to hold up under common footwear manufacturing methods, and the lighter overall shoe last is less expensive to ship. Finally, our rail joint system is different compared to conventional hinges. Ours takes more time to open and close given a drill is used, but it results in a much smoother and easier process that is less likely to damage the footwear.

  • Can I see the flattened insole pattern of a shoe last in a particular size before ordering?

    We ask that you order just the tracing. The way you do this is by choosing “No Shoe Last” under the “Type of Shoe Last” drop down. You can then check the box for adding the insole tracing to the order. We’ll send you a PDF by email which you can then print. If you decide to order the physical corresponding shoe last at a later point, then we will include a cut out insole pattern with the order. If you do decide to order just the insole pattern first, please make sure to choose local pickup at checkout so that you aren’t charged shipping for a digital product.

    If ordering specialty sizes or bespoke or custom shoe lasts, you will still have to pay the additional fees even if you are only ordering the insole pattern. This is because it requires extra effort on our part to develop the patterns, despite not manufacturing the actual shoe last. What we can do though is provide you a discount for these extra fees when you go to order the corresponding physical shoe last at a later point.

  • Where can I find out the measurements for a shoe last?

    Toggle ContentWe now have a way to check the exact measurements of any given shoe last in any given size. On the product page, simply choose a size and check the ‘Show Measurements’ checkbox. And for a general idea of how we grade our shoe lasts, see our shoe last sizing charts.

  • Do you do quantity discounts?

    Currently we do not have a policy for quantity discounts for shoe lasts but will for other components. If you are planning to order shoe lasts in large volume, please feel free to contact us to discuss.

  • Can you provide CNC machined shoe lasts (plastic or wood)?

    We do have an overseas source we can use for plastic shoe lasts, though there is no price savings and delivery times may be longer. We haven’t yet looked into CNC machined wooden shoe lasts, but for a large order volume it’s something we’d be willing to look into.

  • Do you sell or have any free CAD files so I can 3D print my own shoe lasts and components?

    To order the CAD file (stl format), simply choose this from the “Shoe Last Type” drop down. Please make sure to read the terms and conditions.