Hooker-Laster

Mount fabric shoe uppers on rotating lasts of machines.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hooker-Lasters do?

Mounts fabric shoe uppers on rotating lasts of machine to produce fabric top shoes with plastic soles: Pulls and stretches fabric upper and hooks hemmed edge over pins protruding from instep and heel of last, using claw-tipped lasting tool, to secure fabric. Taps puckered fabric at toe and heel with lasting tool to flatten it and permit free flow of plastic during molding of sole. Cuts ends from draw string, using ring knife or hook blade of lasting tool. Pulls lever that releases catch and automatically turns and lowers last and closes top of sole mold.


Should I be a Hooker-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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Hooker-Laster

    Hooker-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 Hooker-Laster-related education!
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