By: Jones & Vining  09-12-2011

Jones & Vining was founded in 1930, and is currently the last remaining shoe last manufacturer in the United States. With the shift in manufacturing to Asia, we now have factories in Thailand, China and a new factory in Vietnam scheduled to open July 2011.

In 1984, Jones & Vining revolutionized the footwear industry with the introduction of its patented COMPU-LAST® system.

Compu-Last® is a computer-controlled last production system which numerically defines the last; precisely grades and reproduces production lasts; while guaranteeing consistency of quality and fit. This system interfaces with our CAD systems, namely New Last®, Forma 2000® and others.

We have TALENTED MODEL MAKERS based in the USA and Asia with over 150 years of combined experience. The top brands rely on these skilled craftsmen for their knowledge and extensive experience in the development of proper fitting last models for all types of footwear (athletic, casual, dress, sandal, boot, outdoor and military).


100% of production lasts are inspected.


All grading standards are available.


Lasts for all genders (infant, toddler, misses, youths, boys, women and men)


All widths (AAA – EEEE) straight grade or held to bottoms, as required


Lasts designed for cement, strobel or good year welt construction.


Regular V or pac (European) hinges are available. Footwear made on lasts with hinges end up with proper fitting characteristics as well as a neat topline. Regular or thru-way thimbles available. Toe, heel or full iron plates available.

Other products and services from Jones & Vining


Open Cell Foams

To elevate the look as well as the overall feel of these performance cushioning foam materials, unique bottom pads and top cover materials provide an added benefit and visual effect. Up to 70% RecycledBamboo Active CarbonIncreases Odor Absorption by 36% over Poliyou100% BreathableMoisture Wicking SystemAegis® Anti-Microbial Fights Bacteria and Fungus.


Double R

Rice Husks that are typically discarded after harvesting, are now put to use when combined with natural rubber to create a specialised eco friendly, sustainable product. Double R® (rice rubber) is a unique, sustainable, eco-friendly product featuring a combination of natural “latex” rubber and natural “rice husks”. Double R® is a unique rubber based formulation that delivers durability, slip resistance and abrasion resistant properties.



All facilities offer products featuring our high quality urethane formulation designed to deliver Lightweight, Single or Multi Density, Shock Absorbing comfort, as well as Oil and Slip Resistant properties. Jones & Vining has over 40 years experience in the manufacturing of lightweight quality Poured PU outsoles for the American market, and over 25 years experience manufacturing PU in Asia.



EMAX® is a high performance micro-cellular material developed and formulated exclusively by Jones & Vining, as a superior alternative to EVA. EMAX® is formulated to deliver both energy management and cushioning benefits with excellent abrasion resistant properties. Performance properties capable of achieving deep cut surface or internal / external cavity features.



J-Lite® is an “ultra light weight” expanded TPU outsole material that provides superior surface features, with “dull/shiny” contrast, while delivering durability, slip and abrasion resistant properties. PVC products are best suited for dress and dress casual outsoles and are a cost effective and water-proof alternative to leather for dress shoes and boots.