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Gone, alas, are the days of affordable shoes that fit. Back when lasts for shoes were individually crafted by skilled artisans, one could purchase a well-made pair of shoes that were a pleasure to wear. Even into the middle 20th century, most of our shoes were made here in the US, crafted to fit properly and provide long wear. Now if you want a quality shoe, you’d better have a trust fund.

Some examples of the last-maker’s art, tools and a local last-maker’s antique sign have been collected into a nostalgic display in the East Haddam (Connecticut) Historical Society Museum.

Digital oil painting from an original photograph shot June 12, 2010.*


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I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot – I am sure the shoes lasted for years too

  • :-) Thank you…whoever thought I’d see the day when i missed those clunky, real-leather lace-ups my mother had me wear when I was 8?

    – RC deWinter

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainabout 4 years ago

    Great shot & history. my shoes last me 6 months, with all the walking i do, lol. i need a pair from an old time shoe maker

  • I wear mine out pretty quickly too…I remember actually outgrowing shoes as a child…today kids wear them out before thy have a chance to outgrow them! Thank you, sweetie.

    – RC deWinter

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