Hand Laster

Pull and secure linings and uppers over last to form leather shoes.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Lasters do?

Pulls and secures linings and uppers over last to form leather shoes of designated size: Pulls cloth or leather lining tightly and smoothly over wooden last and secures to insole with cement. Trims away excess material with knife. Pulls assembled upper onto last and draws upper over last and insole. Drives temporary tacks into insole to secure upper until welt stitching or cementing is completed, or drives permanent lasting tacks through upper, lining, insole, and against steel bottom of last to clinch tacks into insole and permanently secure upper to insole. May tack sole to upper in preparation for final soling operations.

Should I be a Hand Laster?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Hand Paster, Laster, Hand, Sole Layer, Hand, Toe and Heel Laster, Waste Hand

    How to become a Hand Laster

    Hand Lasters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Hand Laster-related education!
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