First, the customer's feet will be measured and examined by the
fitter, who meticulously notes the precise statistics of each foot, recording not
only its basic dimensions but every individual feature.
The fitter's measurements, tracings and notes will go to the
last-maker, whose brilliance rests in his ability to use
such data in carving a solid block of well-grained maple, beech
or hornbeam into a precisely contoured model of the customer's
foot; outlines, indentations, protrusions and all. The individual last
thus created is used to construct a first pair of shoes and
will be added to the many thousands of lasts retained on the Lobb
shelves to ensure that subsequent pairs can be made to the same
standards of closeness and comfort should they be required in
THE PATTERN CUTTER
The lasts are passed to the pattern cutter who will cut
patterns to best fit the customers last in which ever style they have chosen.
Another of these trade aristocrats is the quaintly named clicker. He is a lover of leather whose vast experience of the properties of hides and skins enables him to pattern, choose and cut the
eight pieces of leather used in the upper part of each shoe. Because of his experience of the various colours, weights, grains and
flexibilities of the leathers, only he can help to ensure the smartness and durability of a shoe in which material is perfectly matched to function.