Last Repairer

Repair shoe lasts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Last Repairers do?

Repairs shoe lasts: Drills holes in splintered areas of wooden last, using electric drill. Brushes glue on wood or fiber pegs, and hammers pegs into holes in last. Cuts pegs off at surface of last, using handsaw or powered saw. Files repaired area of last with hand file to smooth surface. Patches holes and cracks in defective plastic lasts, and smooths patched or rough areas, using sanding wheel or file and sandpaper. May stamp style, size, and width numbers on last.


Should I be a Last Repairer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Last Repairer

    Last Repairers 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 Repairer-related education!
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