To build a heel by hand and make it perfect with even horizontal layers, perfectly levelled sides, closely cut with a smooth neat edge towards the upper, and so on, is very difficult. Few in the world makes it better than Daniel Wegan of Catella Shoemaker, who’ve made the shoe above.
When you look at well-made bespoke shoes, there’s a few things that one can see are more difficult to really make super refined. Welt finishing is one, sole edge finishing another, and perfecting heels a third. I’ve been in workshops following these things being made numerous times at numerous makers, and to watch it be done really well is certainly something highly impressive. Hands, tools and material in full symbiosis.
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