How Sperry Boat Shoes Are Made  | The Making Of

How Sperry Boat Shoes Are Made | The Making Of


The Sperry boat shoe is
synonymous with preps and WASPS. But it’s made its way onto
the feet of celebrities and onto the red carpet. It’s a classic American shoe. The boat shoes were, no
surprise, originally intended for sailors and those who work on boats. But now it seems as if everyone, at some point in their
life, has owned a pair. The shoes are recognizable
for their soft leather, white stitching, and laces that weave around the shoe’s opening. And making each individual shoe requires the special
skills of the artisans who stitch together the
iconic footwear by hand. We got a look at how
Sperry’s boat shoes are made. First, leather is selected
and cut on a machine into the different pieces
that will later make up the main parts of the shoe. According to Rancourt & Co., the factory where Sperrys are made, each piece of leather is inspected, and sometimes leather is discarded if not up to Sperry standards. Holes get punched into the
leather, eyelets are added, and rawhide leather laces are intertwined. Rawhide is a type of leather that is more pliable than others. It can be bent in different directions, which makes it a great option to be laced around the boat shoes. Once the leather parts are cut out, the upper pieces of the shoe are stitched together by a sewing machine. Soaking the upper pieces in water is the next important step, as this helps make the
leather more pliable. The pieces are then pulled with pinchers over a last, which is the shoe form, and held into place with shoe tacks. The top and the bottom pieces are now hand-stitched together. The artisan uses an
awl to punch the holes, and, using two needles,
threads then fastens them. After being hand-sewn together,
and still on the last, the shoe has a little
bit of moisture to it, so it’s dried for about three hours. After the three hours, the
pieces stay on the last for another 24 hours
as they continue to dry and take the shape of a shoe. Once the drying process is complete, the leather midsole is
attached with a machine specifically used for
this step of the process. The rubber outsole is
pre-glued and attached to the midsole through a
heat-activation process. Once the rubber sole is
attached, the edges are rough, so they need to be trimmed to make them evenly round and smooth. This is done with a smoothing machine. The last is finally taken out of the shoe. The leather sock liner
in the bottom of the shoe is now glued in.

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