For the past month, we've been developing anatomically correct, orthopedically sound lasts with Marc Paris, a 4th generation shoemaker and orthopedic technician. The last is the internal shoe form and probably the most critical part of the shoemaking process. We're privileged to be working on this component with someone who has such extensive knowledge and care for foot health. In the past month, we've learned more about the importance of our feet in relation to our the health than we ever thought possible. Marc's family has been making custom boots/shoes and orthotics under Paris Orthotics since 1907, and continue to lead the industry to this day.
After three meetings, a ton of analysis on existing lasts and a couple of nice local beers, we were ready to start building our own. But why go through the effort of developing a last from scratch? There are stock lasts and shapes used by the vast majority of companies, but are they really the best option?
These general forms continue to stray from an anatomically correct foot shape becoming a more and more uniform, bulbous in shape. For Casca, this wasn't good enough. We have a vision, and a high standard for any product we create. So we started building a fine-tuned, sculpted form that respected and improved the orthopedic conditions of everyday footwear.
On Sunday, we worked in the Paris Labs with Marc late into the night. What started as a block, was grinded down and carved away to get a general shape we loved. Fun Fact: Marc won a competition recently at a global shoe-maker conference for "Best Grinder" so, we were in good hands. After Marc was done his magic, we used auto-body filler to add dimension and increase the level of detail in certain areas.
Looking forward to sharing more footwear development soon. Stay tuned!