1940's J&M Handmades. Closed channel sole is angle cut (ala Vass)... a neat little detail.
What i don't know... and someone may be able to enlighten me...how come (when spades fell out of fashion post 1949) that J&M continue to make these right through to the 1990s? My 1990s pair I got from greekgeek had a barely distinguishable spade.
NOBD, have you tried beige laces with your pair? In line with the welt, they might bring some swell contrast for the dark suede.
I got some reddish-brown laces with them (about the same shade as the sole), but haven't tried them yet. I'll try. I like the idea of that contrast, but maybe it will be too much for me. We're already talking about blue shoes with red soles .