Last night I won an ebay auction for a pair of shell cordovan semi-brogues made by a company in Syracuse, NY called Nettleton. A yahoo search shows that the company provided fine men's stores in the US with handmade shoes from 1879 until 1984, when they went out of business. They resumed business in 1990, when the name was bought by a different company, but this is all I know about them. I don't know whether or not they are still in business, but a post on AskAndy says their manufacturing facility is now a condominium. The shoes cost me $132.05, including shipping, and the buyer's description of the shoes is: # NETTLETON style #24517 # Genuine shell cordovan saddle oxford # 5 hidden eyelets styling with traditional wax shoelaces # Double oak tanned leather soles with rounded edges # Leather heels with round metal insert # 360 degree Goodyear welting # Fully leather lined # Leather insole # Perforations around saddle, backstay and eyelet edge # New in box, never worn Here are the pictures: Does anyone know anything more about this shoe maker, Nettleton? (a search shows only one forum post about Nettleton, a single question with no responses) I think this was a good deal, though I'll post more after I've had a chance to inspect the shoes and try them on. Comments? P.S. A web-blurb about the history of Syracuse says this: A.E. Nettleton Company, founded here in 1879, considered its product to be the Rolls Royce of footwear. The company designed and introduced the Loafer in 1937. Since then this shoe has become classic American footwear. Any comments on the claim that Nettleton invented the loafer? That they were the "Rolls Royce of footwear"? I seem to recall that Alden claims to have invented the tassel loafer around the same time.
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5/20/05 at 10:38am