In the finishing process, the heels are attached, trimmed and cleaned with sandpaper for a smooth finish. Trim the edges is a material process highly specialized, for which the edges of the sole are trimmed following the shape of the last. This is done free hand, like many other operations in Blake Rapid method.
The soles and heels are then stained and hot wax is applied to the edges to provide waterproof seal and good shine. The soles can be finished with various wheel and painted in two colors.
Then a hot iron is applied to the shoe by hand, which sets the edges, creating a greater depth of color for the following polishing step. Then the abrasive brush step. The shoe is removed from the last, is bolted heel working from inside with a special machine, the insole is applied and the lining is stretched with an iron.
The shoe is treated with ointments and beeswax and its profile over the heel area is shaped and stabilized by a special “hot / cold” machine.
The final stage concerns the polishing. Each shoe is antiqued and polished by hand to create an intense depth of color on the leather. Finally, the shoes are subjected a rigorous check for quality, before they can be passed for lacing and boxing.