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A Study in Detail, Part 1: Lemonwood Pegs
Deconstructing our bootmakers' perfect construction

Every component used in the construction of a Lucchese boot contributes to building the finest luxury boot that money can buy — and at an honorable price. 

Our artisans today use the same bootmaking techniques that founder Salvatore Lucchese practiced in the late 1800s. To begin our Study in Detail, we take a look at lemonwood pegs — 45 of which are typically used in each Lucchese boot.

These pegs are carefully hand-hammered into holes cut in the leather and are more malleable than metal, as they expand and contract with moisture at almost an identical rate as leather. This old world bootmaking method is more effective than using a material like brass nails, which would be forced out of the outsole as it swells when exposed to water.

Additionally, lemonwood pegs complete the structure of the boot by holding the insole and outsole together, maintaining the integrity of the hand-lasted instep's fit.

See the lemonwood peg hammering process below, and stay tuned for A Study in Detail, Part 2.

 

08.04.2014