last, shoe

last, shoe

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Last, Shoe
overall: 18.8 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm; 7 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in
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This might be more accurately listed as a cobbler's last. Shoe lasts are for constructing the shoe and are made of wood or plastic so that they can be nailed into (a few 1st millennium AD lasts are ceramic and were probably inserted after construction to give the shoe its shape). Cobblers lasts are almost invariably of iron and are for the repair of shoes. They are used to hold the shoe while peeling off modern, glued-on rubber soles, and are commonly used as an anvil to cinch-over shoe nails going in through the soles.

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