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Set some nails around the side to tighten the front part of the vamp

 
   
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Pull the nail from the heel and pull the back oart of the shoe down firmly.  Then renail the heel area.  Pulling the heel down pulls the vamp tighter.

(I should note that again we don't know if it was done this way, however it is a non intrusive modern technique that doesn't contradict the evidence and gives a more snug fit to the last).

 

   
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Finish nailing the waist and heel area and let sit to dry.

 

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