Interview: Monique Provost-Chatigny
Post-production: Gabriel Laprade
Moving to and fro vigorously in his brown rocking chair and punctuating his explanations with gestures, Marcel Charron tells us about some of the stages involved in making a shoe.
And then, you’d have the next steps. The girls, they worked up above to make the upper. And then, when the uppers up above were made, they’d come down and there, there was a guy who assembled (the shoe): a fitter. He’d put that on a machine, he’d take the wooden shape, the last, and place it upside down on it. They called that a pull-over. He’d take the upper and the form fit inside it. He’d stretch that on the last and it’d work out. The leather would fit: we called that a pull-over. The guy, he’d have it aligned just right, it took a real tradesman not to set up the shoe crooked. When he thought he had it right, he’d push down and hammer.
And then, you had all the steps that came after. They’d grind (fix) the bottom, then after that they’d put on the glue, then they’d put glue on the sole, then when the two were just right, (they glued them together).