Last

The last is a “mold” in the approximate shape of a human foot, used by shoemakers to manufacture and repair shoes.  Every shoe that is manufactured is built around a last. The industry standard measurements for sample prototypes are based on a men’s size 9 foot. [A]

Lasts typically come in pairs and are made from many materials, including hardwoods, cast iron and more recently high density plastics.

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Bibliography

[A]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.  Accessed 3/16/2012

[1] http://solecollector.com/Sneakers/News/Sneaker-Parts-and-Proportions/. Accessed 3/16/2012

[2]http://www.dressyshoes.biz/behind-the-scenes-of-shoe-design.html.  Accessed 3/26/2012

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