I remember when I started shoe construction it was so difficult to find all the tools and materials at one place and that’s when I decided to make it easy for those walking on the same path. Below are some basic tools and materials required in shoemaking….Hope this will work-out for new passionate shoe designers 🙂
MEASURING AND MARKING
- Steel Ruler – A ruler strong enough to retain a perfect straight edge for cutting.
- Measuring Tape – A flexible tape made from a non-stretch material.
PUNCHING AND MARKING
- Stitching Chisels – Features Steel Blades for punching lacing slits
- Compass/Wing Divider – A measuring tool that can be opened to any required width and used to create a parallel line as a guide for cutting.
- Over Stitcher – It moves along leather to mark the spacing of stitches for smooth, even results.
- Multi-hole Punch – A punch for punching holes of different sizes on leather
- Adjustable Groover – Used for spacing hand stitching holes and running over completed stitches to give them a machine-sewn look. The groove width is adjustable.
- Adjustable Creases – For creating parallel lines and inside borders.
- Masking Tape – An adhesive tape with a slight stretch.
- Oval Punch – Punches for punching holes of different sizes on leather.
- Silver Marking Pen – A pen with silver ink used to mark guidelines on upper pieces.
- Awl – A pointed tool used for piercing patterns or materials to create location points as a guide for cutting or stitching.
- Waxed Linen Thread – A durable waxed linen thread that works smoothly through the leather.
- Tack – Used for securing the upper to the insole in the initial stages of lasting.
- Hand Stitching Needle – It has an extra-large needle
- Glovers’ Needle – Used for piercing and passing through tough materials such as leather, suede, and vinyl without tearing.
- Curved Needle – Used for lacing on leather, especially along sharp edges.
- CMC – Burnishing gum in powder form.
- Burnishing Gum – It is applied on leather surfaces or edges for a glossy and smooth finish.
- Bone Folder – A tool made from plastic or bone used to assist the turning over and pleating of a folded edge.
- Sharpening Stone – A stone rod used to sharpen the edges.
- Cleaning Brush – A brush used to clean any dust or dirt.
- Common Edge Tool – Bevels and rounds off edges of straps and all soft leather.
- French Edge Tool – Makes beveled edges at any desired angles including miter-joints.
- Emery Board – A board used for polishing and smoothening edges.
- NT Dresser – Contains a sanding plate for polishing and smoothening edges.
- Leather Edge Paint – Gives a pleasing finish to the edges of leather goods.
- French Pattern Hammer – A hammer that flattens any creases that appear during the lasting process.
- Wood Mallet – Used for punching lacing slits on leather.
- Folding Hammer – A handheld round-ended hammer used to flatten a folded edge.
CUTTING AND LASTING
- Curved Scissors – A pair of scissors used for trimming the lining of the upper and cutting thread.
- Leather Scissors – A pair of super sharp blades for cutting lighter weight leather
- Self Healing Cutting Mat – A self-healing synthetic cutting surface used for pattern cutting.
- Poly Cutting Board – Used as a base to punch into when using stitching chisels.
- Lasting Pincer – The lasting pincer grips the upper and pulls it over the insole in the lasting process.
- Tack Knife – A knife for removing lasting tacks.
- Trimming Knife – Used for removing any irregularities under the shoe after lasting.
- Clicking Knife – A curved blade cutting knife designed for cutting leather.
- Scalpel – A cutting knife with a very sharp blade, used for pattern cutting.
- All-Purpose Leather Knife – A knife used as a skiver. Round beveled, hand sharpened edges.
- Round Knife – With a very sharp blade, The round knife is used for cutting leather and pattern.
- Skiving Knife – A tool for skiving.
- Square Point Knife – A square point blade designed for cutting leather.
- Seam Ripper – It’s equipped with both a steel hook & pointed blade for cutting or ripping.
- Curved Lip Shoe Knife – A tool with a bent tip to trim shoe soles and uppers with ease.
- Brush – Used for Brushing rubber adhesive on leather.
- Plastic spreader – Used for spreading rubber adhesive on leather.
- Rolling Spreader – For applying uniform pressure to the surface of the adhesive.
- Adhesive – A rubber solution that is used in upper preparation and a stronger synthetic rubber adhesive is used for sole attaching
- All-Purpose Cement – Designed originally for attaching soles, the cement is easy to spread, non-smearing, extremely flexible and versatile.