Originally Posted by Teacher
Lovely shoes. I have a pair of brown wingtip Handmades (no spade soles), and they're fabulous. Unfortunately they're also extremely rare, as they haven't been made since 2000 (when the SINGLE guy who made them died) and they were made in tiny numbers to begin with.
As I recall the story from Mr. Pollock and others, the story behind the J&M Handmades was that they were more a publicity thing on the part of J&M and never intended to be any sort of profit center for the company. The tab on them was $1,000 a pair, and so at that price they damn well ought to be good! Some of these turned up at Bennies a while back in oddball sizes and at very appealing prices, which made them a point of interest in forumland for a spell.