Last Ironer

Fit and nail steel plates to bottoms of wooden or plastic shoe lasts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Last Ironers do?

Fits and nails steel plates to bottoms of wooden or plastic shoe lasts: Straps last to ironing jack and positions steel sole and heel plates of specified size on bottom of lasts. Nails steel plates to last bottoms and shapes plates to contour of last, using hammer. Files edges of last bottoms and steel plates to form smooth, flush edges.


Should I be a Last Ironer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Last Ironer

    Last Ironers 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 Last Ironer-related education!
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