It was done back in the 90s. I remember driving across from Siena to Florence in the early 90s and seeing a small but prominent roadside sign directing people to an Italian Cole-Haan factory outlet.
Talk to isshi about these. I warned him about buying a pair.Trouble was they were beautifully hand finsished but an early foray into corrected grain which has killed their resale when the odd pair pops up.
Originally Posted by isshinryu101
The soles were fantastic. One of the meanest shapes and coolest finishes I've seen (even compared to some of today). The interior markings looked like no others I've seen, so it was probably some relatively unknown maker.. As Meister said, the leather was CRAP, though. Pure CG, and the thick stuff. Lotsa plastic in it. Those creases in the pics are while they are still NOS. what a shame!!!