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Tools from a shoemaker.

Although within the footwear industry modernization and industrialization has taken space to artisanal methodologies, many professionals in the sector continue to contribute their efforts to small or medium enterprises where manual work reigns, often accompanied with the help of certain simple machineries, but still and according to their productive capacity is still considered a craft work.



Within this process every good shoemaker requires a series of tools, which over time have become essential within the different phases of shoe making. These are:

Clicker, cutter or strapping.

It is used when making patterns, models and shoe sizes, as long as the leather is the raw material to use. When using it, you must have a great deal of skill to avoid errors that increase production costs.

Steel cutter blade.

Used in leather cutting which will then be used in soles, heels, buttresses or bumpers.

·Strapping of steel rope.

With this tool are made cuts of leather that will be used in the manufacture of linings or insteps.

·Dunk hammer or Hammer to settle.

Thanks to this it is possible to fix the different types of skins to the wooden lasts, until the match is sewn. Sometimes the hammer has magnetic properties to help with needle handling.

·Gouger or cleft opener.

It is used to pierce the sole and thereby fix the seam of the footwear. Currently there is a machine that mimics this process automatically.

Martillo de Asentar. Imagen Cortesía

"These tools are still necessary, especially for those who execute artisanal processes"

Jorge Martínez.



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Weeds or scarifier.

It allows to make gaps in the leather of the footwear, which will give rise to the embroideries that adorn the shoes. There is no machine that does this task, so it is a process that still requires this tool.

·Pliers to be mounted.

It is a tool that has great importance during the assembly phase, these help to fix the lining to tighten it and in this way be able to nail it or stick it to the plant.

·Galgo hammer.

Required when you want to nail heels to shoes, its features of fine and long tip allow to settle the sole where access is limited.


It helps in the task of profiling the heels of each sole.


·Stake, straightener or hinge.

It is used when you need to smooth and mark the edges, shape the creases and/or join the cooked.

·Lujar iron.

This is used when you want to give the edges and soles of the shoe a bright effect.

Complementary Tools.

Although they are not essential for the shoe industry, many of their representatives help themselves in some tasks with these auxiliary tools that facilitate production processes.


This is a leather strap that attaches part of the footwear to the worker’s leg (thigh).


It is an apron, specifically leather that works as protection for the chest and legs of the shoemaker, also protecting your clothes from any damage or stain.

Tenazas. Imagen Cortesía


It is a kind of leather glove, which only protects the palm of the hand and leaves all fingers free in order to avoid calluses or wounds in the operator.


It acts as a steel tripod, allowing the shoemaker to fix the pieces on the donkey.



For hundreds of years these tools have been used in all large, medium or small companies for the manufacture of footwear and today despite the great protagonism of the machines within this sector, These utensils to a greater or lesser extent are still required, especially by those who live of an artisan methodology to continue in the laborious task of making a good pair of shoes.


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