Lace Hook: Small hooks inserted like eyelets into boot/ shoe facings to hold the lace for fastening.
Lacing Hook: A tool used to lace the eyelet holes quickly
Lace Stay: A strip of leather applied on the front of a laced boot or shoe to strengthen and reinforce the eyelets or eyelet holes.
Lamination: Joining the faces of sheets of material together. This gives greater strength than each material would have on its own, and simplifies handling.
Lapstone: A shoemaker's stone held in the lap and upon which he beats leather or soles in order to give them a counted shape or on which he pounds down seams or folded edges with flat faced hammer.
Lap Iron: A small slab of iron approximately of the same shape as a half sole, held in worker’s lap to serve as a kind of anvil, on which the leather can be hammered.
Lapped Seam: A seam produced by laying one part over another and stitching together.
Last: made of plastic, metal, or wood, it is the form on which a shoe is constructed and is used to determine the shape and size of the shoe. The derivation of the word is "laest", the Old English word for footprint. Lasts may be straight, curved or semi-curved. In construction; shoes may be board lasted, slip lasted or
Last Girth Scale: The amount of increase and decrease in girth measurement of a last in relation to its increase and decrease in sizes and fittings.
Lasting: The operation of stretching the upper over the last so that it conforms to the shape of the last, at the same time attaching it to the insole.
Lasting Allowance: The allowance provided at the free edge of the upper to enable the upper to be lasted properly.
Lasting Jack: An iron stand fitted with a last peg on which the last with the upper is placed during lasting.
Lasting Tack: Small tack used to secure upper to insole. Also used for temporary attachment of insole to last.
Latex Rubber: The milky emulsion of rubber particles exuded from the bark of the rubber tree. Used for making natural crepe rubber and adhesives.
Leather: Skin of an animal that is tanned and used in shoesƒ bagsƒ and other accessories.
Leather Board: Sheet material made by shredding pieces of scrap leather, suspending it in water together with a small percentage of rubber or synthetic binding material.
Lifts: Layers of leather or leather board composing the heel of a shoe, the lift in contact with the ground is called the top-piece and is frequently of rubber or plastic.
Loafers: A light- weight low leather step-in shoe, without fastening. Usually with a small tongue and saddle trim and a broad flat heel.
Louis Heel: A shaped high heel with graceful curves on the sides and back, with a breasted forepart. Originally designed for King Louis XIV, of France.