Insoles

Here is a small bit about preparation for an English welt with beveled waist:

Insole “blocked” to the last. I use a combination of nails and stretch medical bandage to snug the leather to the last.

elrod shoes blocked insole

Cut to shape

elrod shoes sole prep

Cut the channels for the holdfast

elrod shoes english welt sole prep

Then carve out around the holdfast

english welt insole prepping elrod

and finally I prefer to pre-punch the holes in the insole before I last the upper. It is not necessary but it gives me a more even stitch.

prepped insoles english welt

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