Hand Bootmaker

Build odd lot, odd size, and specially designed rubber footwear.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Bootmakers do?

Builds odd lot, odd size, and specially designed rubber footwear, such as boots, arctics, and gaiters, using handtools: Pushes last onto bench jack. Selects parts in prescribed sequence from books and frames and assembles them on last, positioning and aligning them in designated relationship to other parts, using form gauges to locate exact position of such parts as grommet, strap, or buckle. Swabs some parts with benzine or naphtha to restore tackiness and brushes others with rubber cement for better adhesion. Presses parts onto previously assembled parts with fingers and rolls them with handtools for tighter bond. Pares and trims off excess rubber, using knife and scissors. Pulls last bearing completed article from jack and sets aside for transfer to vulcanizer.


Should I be a Hand Bootmaker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Bootmaker, Boot Maker, Bootmaker, Hand

    How to become a Hand Bootmaker

    Most Hand Bootmakers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sbaab&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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