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I got them without the original box. The receipt was curled up in the toebox of one shoe. I'm afraid I did not keep it, but I'm sure about the year because I'm born in 1956 and I like to tell a story about this to my friends. I've seen other Banister alligator shoes from the -50's being identical to Stetson; same bevelled sole with channeled stitches, same heel and same handwriting inside. But I've also seen alligator shoes from them looking different, but being from the...
"Stetson sold an entirely different line of shoes under the Banister name... not the same models under both, but higher price for one over the other. Understandable that this could be a guess, because this is often done today. But in the case of Stetson & Banister, not the case."   I have some 1955 ads from Stetson and Banister for what appear to be the same alligator shoe at first glance, but perhaps are not?.           "Also, the Stetson styles...
"Whether I approve of your other shoes or not is moot"   What I ment was to ask is if these skins (and the way they are arranged) indicates a better shoemaking than the FJ's. I'm in the forum to learn more... and avoid mistakes. My first gators were Mezlan. At first I liked them, but I soon understood that there were better shoes. The Artioli looked better and felt better. The FJ's I thought were as good as shoes could be, Goodyear welted, sturdy thick skins and...
"Actually, Stetson was an upscale maker thru the 1940's. Closed channel sole, hand-welted, all the fixin's & trimmin's."   I did not mean that Stetson were not "upscale", but the son of a former salesman at Stetson wrote in another forum that his father sold both. Stetson had aquired the Banister name in the forties and sold the Banister labeled Stetsons for more.        "It is impossible to make a comparison on shoe prices based on the economic value of a...
These pieced together Ferragamos ran $2000 some 8-10 years ago so maybe the Banisters were real good value.  
These are my Banister alligator shoes dating to 1956. Banister was made by Stetson Shoe Co. at that time, but supposed to be slightly more up-scale. Made of several pieces (10) I guess they should be considered being the Mezlans of the 50's, or? They cost $61 which is todays $465 using the inflation calculator. Similar style Mezlans costs $700 to $1000 so either they were good value at that time or the Mezlans of today are "over priced".          
I have been looking at these shoes with a untrained eye, and I stand corrected. Seems my comparison are mostly my Mezlan's (got to start somewhere) and from what I have learned in this forum they are concidered "crappy". I therefore have no objections to your comments, but would like to add the following:    "Second, the stitching on the lateral side of the saddle on the right foot...at the bottom of the saddle... is sloppy. It doesn't even meet the stitching on the...
"Actually, they are the last of the fine US made American Alligator shoes. Foot Joy sold these as a golf shoe model until maybe 10 years ago (may have been more recent). While pretty good shoes, they are (I believe) Goodyear welted and I cannot say wether it is hand-stitched or not. Foot Joy made an Alligator shoe in the 1940's that was handwelted hand-stitched and had unbelievable skins. I'll put up some pics of a model soon."   The FootJoy plant in Brockton, MA...
American alligator and American workmanship at its best.
Thanks!
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