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Nunn Bush: Have they always been crap?

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Do any of you know if Nunn Bush used to be a respectable shoe company? I thrifted a pair of ancient Nunn Bush saddle oxfords a copult of weeks ago. I took them to my cobbler to have them re-soled and discovered that they were goodyear welted and had steel shanks.
post #2 of 9
perhaps they used to, certain don't anymore
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I almost bought a pair of vintage longwings, but they were sold already. They looked great and to be of good construction.
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post
perhaps they used to, certain don't anymore

Oh, they're certainly trash now. Worse than Aldo, but I was wondering if they used to be good.
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They were from the 1930's into the mid-century though they always promote themselves as a "value" choice.

Got sucked into Weyco in the 1970's (same company as Florsheim).
post #6 of 9
My grandfather used to get them, and I believe they were a pretty decent shoe back in the 1950s, as was Bostonian.
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Oh, they're certainly trash now. Worse than Aldo, but I was wondering if they used to be good.
They are really worse than Aldo?I thought Aldo made pretty junky shoes. I guess at least most Nunn Bush shoes are not squared toed. I find looking at Aldo most of their shoes are ugly square pointed shoes. I would never buy Aldo shoes. I never really cared for Nunn Bush either because I thought they were cheap. They do make some shoes with soles that are leather with a rubber insert. Many cheap brands don't even make shoes with real leather soles. Usually its rubber or its something that looks like leather but really isn't
post #8 of 9
They made a solid shoe until the 70s.
post #9 of 9
got a pair of nunn bush plain toes in the 80s. they were pretty well made as far as I can remember.
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