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This is pretty much a summation of how it happened for me and like all brilliant apprentices...isshi took it to another level.
Those are a masterpiece. I will explain why as someone who has a collection of spade shoes both calf and spectators.What is wonderful with those is the way the spade sole is so voluptuously shaped. It is a mid point between the 1940s shape "dig a hole" spade like many of my pairs and the rounded spade "extension sole" type as they Americans called it in the 1930s.Instead of this:More like this:and this:But the above just don't compare with those Fosters shoes. The closest...
1950s Weyenberg suede spectators. They have that lovely red brown calf so popular in the early 1950s with the bit of spade bump out left from the 1940s.
A lot of staining and revivifying etc
Might put these up as well...Roblee mild spade ventilated spectators c 1940s NOS size 10.5D.
I think they are bespoke from the lack of interior details and quality of the leather.
Just finished rehabbing a pair of 1930s spectators from Marshalls and gave them the test run at a Shanghai Nights party. Probably first time they had been off a dance floor in what 50 years? Classic sign of 1930s shoes is narrow width around the lacing area. So a D width looks like a C. Interesting saddle leather treatment = like Russian calf Someone used them as a wall feature = hence the (repaired) holes in the soles! Notice the unworn 1930s heel...
Those 1940s style tarsal strap/ball strap shoes won't have the beautiful, voluptuous Bestetti toecap like yours coming at you!
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