Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tour Of The SCARPA Boot Factory

The last step.
As a peripheral follow-up to my post on Merrells and lastsLou Dawson visits the Scarpa factory in Italy.

Lots of interesting pictures of the lasts and an explanation about the tricky business of making shoes that fit all feet.  Scarpa uses 3 different lasts for each size, depending on where the boot is being sold!

(The lasts are those green things in this picture.)

I have a pair of Scarpa hiking boots.  Not minimalist, so I no longer wear them, but they're nearly 20 years old (yikes), and are built like a brick outhouse, as the saying goes.  Lord knows how long they'd last...