Steel Cut Dies

Happy rainy Friday. This week has been a lot of tweaking-- specifically, making sure the Upper silhouettes for our new styles are fitting to the Lasts properly.

From there, we move from hand cutting to making steel rule dies. We can then use our die press machine for cutting the leather. This gives a cleaner edge and a bit more consistency.

The trick is, dies are expensive. And, you only get one shot with making it, so the pattern has to be perfect.

Couple this with the way we're constructing our shoes (slip lasting, specifically), and the details really need to be perfect.

It's also becoming even more important because our wholesale business is starting to pick up, which means volume is increasing. Processes need to be more streamlined, and there's less room for wasting time on having to adjust the fit.

Onwards and upwards!


Brandon Cohn