If you want a proper pair of shoes, you need to know how to think like a shoemaker. The first step? As with any bid for domination - learn the language.
Agelets - The tiny plastic or metal sheaths placed on each end of a shoe lace
Channel Knife - An old-fashioned hand tool used to cut the grooves when constructing a shoe's sole.
Last - the solid form that a shoe is moulded upon and that determines the shoe's exact shape and size.
Lasting pincers - A metal tool with curved jaws meant for pulling the uppers tightly around the shoe last.
Pig - A term used by London shoemakers for a bespoke shoe that, for whatever reason, has gone irredeemably wrong. (Also known as "NFG", i.e. No Fucking Good)
Skiving - Tapering the edges of the uppers and liners to prevent lumpy seams.