- We measured our feet(Keiko could tell I do yoga since my feet are a little wide and I evenly distribute weight across my foot)
- We picked out our lasts (the plastic/wood strucutures in the shape of feet that dictate heel height, toe shape, etc,) and covered them with masking tape
- We drew our designs onto the lasts
- We removed the masking tape and used it to cut out patterns for both the lining and the upper of the shoe
How did that take 10 hours? Luckily I already had a design in mind and, although it’s fairly simple and linear, making the pattern was really time-intensive. I can’t imagine making patterns by hand for a more complex shoe. (Also the act of turning something 3D into something 2D can really throw you for a loop.)
Once the last is covered with masking tape you draw your design on and then cut it in half, very carefully removing the tape and smoothing this 3D mold onto a piece of card stock. From there you trace, measure, cut, and cut some more. I feel like every time I finsished a step Keiko would say, “trace it again.” Now, there are very good reasons why you have to trace your design so many times. After all, you are building a shoe out of many different parts. But when you finally get to breaking your design down into smaller parts, seeing the pattern start to reform into a structure is incredibly exciting.
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