Visit to Spring Line Ltd

September 20, 2012


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the last, Last maker in Britain - Spring Line Ltd.


We started working with Spring Line earlier this year, to manufacture the very high quality lasted Alfred Sargent trees we stock, so it was great to get an opportunity to see inside the factory. The factory in Northampton is stacked full of craftsmen working with wooden and plastic lasts on a mixture of traditional and state of the art machinery.

I met with Michael James, Sales & Development Director, who kindly showed me the whole creative and production cycle at Spring Line.

The following photographs will, I hope give a flavour of the journey our lasted trees take, from conception to completion.

Hope you enjoy!

Julian - A Fine Pair of Shoes


Michael James at work.



The raw material of hornbeam and beech wood enters the factory.



The shoe tree template is mounted in the lathe.


The wood blocks are then turned in the lathe for a rough cut.



Then they go into the second lathe for their second fine turning.



The shoe trees are taking shape.



The cut out shape is expertly done by hand on a band saw



...then it is fully hand sanded to smooth all the rough edges.




The tree is then hand cut and drilled for the spring units on this machine.




Then the tree is hand waxed with canuba wax.



The finished article.


Many thanks to Michael and the whole team at Spring Line Ltd. It was fascinating to see inside the factory and see our trees taking shape!




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International Sizing Chart


SIZE CONVERSION CHART - UK MENS SHOE SIZES

UK Size

6

7

8

9

10

10½

11

11½

12

USA Size

7

8

9

10

10½

11

11½

12

12½

13

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40

 41   

41½

42

42½

43

43½

44½

45

45½

46

46½

Japan Size

25

25.5

26 

26.5

 27  

27.5

 28 

 28.5 

29 

 29.5 

30  

 

 

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E
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G
Wide
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H
Extra Wide
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