Last week, we covered the importance of shanks, placed on the lower part of the foot. Time to cover the forepart now, also known as the "cork" as it is often made of...you guessed it: cork. The forepart finishes the smooth surface that will soon welcome a sole. In Goodyear construction, it is mostly made of cork, since it is a great shock absorber, while still offering elasticity. In particularly wet climates, your shoemaker could advise you to have a forepart made of roofing felt impregnated with tar, to be completely waterproof.


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