The toe blog starts today step by step. I will be working on refining the videoing too.
While the top of your shoe is still flat, I’d like you to isolate your laces area so you don’t carve into it while shaping the toe/instep/body.
1.Position or reposition a nice bow where you’d like it to be – remember, you’re going to be carving this so the less complicated, the better.
2. Measure your shoe from the finished heel section to just above the first eyelets and draw a matching line on your wood.
3. Now measure to the bottom of your laces (not eyelets) and draw a line. Mine ended almost where I cut the rise but I know that Manilaboys are close to the toe and anyone doing a wingtip will have a shorter lace length.
4. If you notice, the first eyelet is generally above and parallel to the inside arch, so draw a line where your laces meet that eyelet to the bottom one – and using any curves that may take – meaning, some bottom laces extend far beyond the top lace (right to left) depending on the shoe style and how wide your foot is compared to how tight you tie them up.
5. Using that line, measure to where the outside of the lace area follows. If you eyeball it from the top, you should see that there is more shoe left towards the baby toes than the big toe.
At this point you may also draw where your bow will be – of course it will round later but this is just to isolate the area that you will NOT carve into while you are shaping your shoe body and believe me – we will definitely learn more about laces later!!!!
6. Before I carve I pay close attention to the angles of the toe – which slants in similarly to the heel…
...as well as the sides…
...and the angle from inside to outside looking from the front. In my opinion, angling this area is what makes a shoe look like a shoe. I’ve seen many a carved foot item where the outside and inside are too close to the same height. Remember, the outside toes are thinner than the big toe and the instep bone is generally closer to the big toe.
I’m going to take a video now of how I carve this area. There are bends and dips in the top of the toes area but I won’t worry about them yet until I have a nice shape. Refresh your page if need be to see the video.
Thanks to a suggestion from MsDebbieP, I used a fan to keep the dust away from the lens. The lighting, however is what I put up with everyday!!!
Anyways, just as with the heel, I was more concerned with my shape than detail. One thing to pay attention to here is whether or not your toe area extends past the sole – probably not but in some cases it does. I did carve the shoe a bit more than the end of the video but I hope you get the idea.
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