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  1. How a shoe should break

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    September 24, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Nick Horween (of the Chicago, Illinois Horweens) has kindly explained the basics of shoe break and the factors effecting leather …
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  2. Satra’s Technical Manual on Goodyear Welted Footwear

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    November 10, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Nick Horween got his hands on Satra‘s manual on Goodyear welted footwear and kindly shared a PDF copy with the …
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  3. Neapolitan Shoulder Explained

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    October 8, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    A few years ago, Luca’s turquoise eyes and grinning face wasn’t spread all over the Internet to become the meme …
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  4. Cutting on the Bias

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    October 6, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Cutting fabric on the bias requires a woven cloth. The bias is the point at 45 degrees to its weft …
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  5. The Boston Cracked Shoe Look

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    May 1, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    ‘The Master of the Universe stood up and managed to hold on to the leash and struggle into his raincoat. …
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  6. Shoe Gemming Construction

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    March 31, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Gemming is a construction method widely used by shoe factories since the 1950′s. In fully handmade shoes the cordwainer pierces …
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  7. Style Basics in Pictures

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    March 27, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The Japanese are wondermakers in the field of illustrations. The Lost Sheep has translated one Japanese picture guide to the …
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