Town in Time 2

Phillips Stick-a-Sole Figure.      What is this man doing?

Shoes used to be an expensive item of clothing to buy so they had to last a long time. One of the methods used by cobblers to prolong the life of shoes were Segs, metal orange segment shaped protectors that were hammered into the sole. These became very popular with schoolchildren who annoyed teachers with the tapping noise they made. But they were also dangerous as they sparked when struck on the floor and could start fires!