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Cool Shoes, Paraphernalia & Desiderata - Part II - Page 790post #11837 of 137519/3/13 at 4:50amQuote:Originally Posted by mr monty
rare pair of Cole Haan shoes from the 90s w/" spade soles" . They made a split-toe, wingtip and these cap toes. These are better quality than the ones Gilt was selling a couple of years ago.
styling and construction are first rate. Sadly, the leather is corrected grain... which makes absolutely no sense and (IMO) ruins them.post #11838 of 137519/3/13 at 6:46amIt's on again at Edwards of Manchester:
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There has never been a better time to treat your feet to the best pair of shoes you will ever own. To claim this offer visit us online at www.edwardsofmanchester.co.ukpost #11839 of 137519/3/13 at 7:56ampost #11840 of 137519/4/13 at 12:28ampost #11841 of 137519/4/13 at 12:30ampost #11842 of 137519/4/13 at 6:32ampost #11843 of 137519/7/13 at 2:51pmpost #11844 of 137519/9/13 at 2:28ampost #11845 of 137519/9/13 at 4:41ampost #11846 of 137519/9/13 at 6:36ampost #11847 of 137519/9/13 at 6:59ampost #11848 of 137519/9/13 at 8:39amQuote:Originally Posted by MrSomebody
Vintage Dead stock Boots?
More like 1950's, but still very nice.
So many from 50's and earlier are in narrow sizes. Possibly the high bodyweight of modern physiques (especially in the US) results in somewhat flatter (and wider feet).post #11849 of 137519/9/13 at 12:02pmQuote:
That's not true; healthier lifestyle with less shoe restrain and more barefoot activities produce much wider feet.
We see more narrower sizes today because regular and wide sizes probably sold well back in the days, leaving the narrow sizes as dead inventories.post #11850 of 137519/9/13 at 1:30pmQuote:
Explain the very existence of so many ultra narrow sizes in the first place. There is no such thing as AAAAA today (as this was an option), and today most makers produce only a single narrow size, while there are more options for ultra-wide. Almost NO wide sizes in pre 1950's shoes (very few). Speaking with a cobbler in business since the 1930's, perfect sizing was a bigger issue then. He says that the narrow sizes sold quite well.
In addition, in the 1920's and early 1930's, the standard "D" size width was comparatively narrower than the same size today.
Arch supports were very common in the first half of the 1900's... even for children's shoes. Possibly this contributed in better support and fewer widening feet.
Can't say the reason for sure, but it seems that people DID have much narrower feet 70+ years ago. They were also much smaller, as I have met quite a few US born old-timers who had size 6 & 7's in their younger years.
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