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post #91 of 1140
1983 Alan Mcafee cap toes. (later bought by Churches) At the time Macafee had a Royal Warrant for making Prince Charles' riding boots.

Bought them in London that year when the US Dollar was $1.09 to the Pound. I remember that they cost $65 US including VAT. But the shoe trees were a whopping $15 US. I've had these resoled at least four times.


post #92 of 1140
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As a kid, my family moved to the NYC area in 1963. One of my most memorable initial experiences in all of Manhattan was visiting the 8 story A&F store. It was like a dream world and each floor had its own edited theme of the finest things from around the world. It still catered to the image of the great explorer although in reality it was the best hunting, fishing, camping, field, country home apparel, furniture and accessories available. The menswear floor had everything from blue blazers to knee length hooded fur coats making you look like an Arctic explorer. Of course they had safari jackets and shirts, full length shearling jackets, suede blazers. The gun floor had everything from a miniature derringer to a canon for sale. The furniture floor had exotic animal skins, campaign furniture, etc. The camping floor had all kinds of cool hiking and outdoor gear from Europe. This was no LL Bean. Even if you didn't go in to get outfitted for a safari, it felt like an adventure just being there, where many famous people had outfitted themselves for safaris, great explorations and even for war.

I remember first going into the Banana Republic store in San Fran in the 80s and getting the same vibe.
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Continuing on from the above McAfee shoes, Alan McAfee balmoral boots (made by C&J most likely, one of several Northampton makers who made RTW shoes and boots for them) from some time pre-Church's buyout:

 

 

 

Edward Green veldtschoen boots, the ancestor of the Galway, from around the '60s by EG's own estimation:

 

 

And two pairs of the ancestor of the boot above, Lotus's famous '263' veldtschoen boot. Both dating from the '40s, the rear pair belonged to a Czech officer who fought with the British Army in WW2. His boots are still my ultimate footwear for anything extreme:

 

post #94 of 1140
^^^^ Those boots are amazing. On the above topic, I also remember going into Banana Republic in the early 80's in Milwaukee and it was totally decked out to look like a jungle camp. They had fake huts and even a jeep right in the store. It's weird to think all their stores used to be like that compared to what they are today.
post #95 of 1140
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post #96 of 1140
RE: banana republic, i highly recommend the book the couple who started the store wrote and released in 2012. very short, easy read, but a great story of retailing / clothing / entrepreneurship
post #97 of 1140
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I remember first going into the Banana Republic store in San Fran in the 80s and getting the same vibe.

If you're talking about the store on the SW corner of union square, I too went in there many times in the 80's and it wasn't much like the 8 story wonderland PSG just described. Safari jackets and bush hats yes, but no guns, no exotic skins, no fine European tailored clothing or bench made shoes.
post #98 of 1140
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If you're talking about the store on the SW corner of union square, I too went in there many times in the 80's and it wasn't much like the 8 story wonderland PSG just described. Safari jackets and bush hats yes, but no guns, no exotic skins, no fine European tailored clothing or bench made shoes.

I think he was talking about the A&F store in NY in the 60's.
post #99 of 1140
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Originally Posted by CTBrummie View Post

Continuing on from the above McAfee shoes, Alan McAfee balmoral boots (made by C&J most likely, one of several Northampton makers who made RTW shoes and boots for them) from some time pre-Church's buyout:

 

 

 

Edward Green veldtschoen boots, the ancestor of the Galway, from around the '60s by EG's own estimation:

 

 

And two pairs of the ancestor of the boot above, Lotus's famous '263' veldtschoen boot. Both dating from the '40s, the rear pair belonged to a Czech officer who fought with the British Army in WW2. His boots are still my ultimate footwear for anything extreme:

 

 

These are amazing! Those boots look 6 months old, not 6+ decades.

post #100 of 1140
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These are amazing! Those boots look 6 months old, not 6+ decades.

 

Heh, cheers! One of the soles on the front pair went just before Christmas, which was a blow because they both still have their original soles.

 

The ones at the back barely show any signs of having been worn. I reckon the owner put them into storage after the war or something and maybe just gave them an occasional wax as the leather was in pretty good condition when I first got them.

post #101 of 1140
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Heh, cheers! One of the soles on the front pair went just before Christmas, which was a blow because they both still have their original soles.

The ones at the back barely show any signs of having been worn. I reckon the owner put them into storage after the war or something and maybe just gave them an occasional wax as the leather was in pretty good condition when I first got them.

hope you sent those back to get resoled by the original maker, i think it would be worth it
post #102 of 1140
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I think he was talking about the A&F store in NY in the 60's.

PSG was, but Meister wasn't.
post #103 of 1140

A&F in South Coast Plaza was not 8 floors but it was very cool when I was 12-13 ish.

post #104 of 1140
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Originally Posted by CTBrummie View Post

Continuing on from the above McAfee shoes, Alan McAfee balmoral boots (made by C&J most likely, one of several Northampton makers who made RTW shoes and boots for them) from some time pre-Church's buyout:





Edward Green veldtschoen boots, the ancestor of the Galway, from around the '60s by EG's own estimation:




And two pairs of the ancestor of the boot above, Lotus's famous '263' veldtschoen boot. Both dating from the '40s, the rear pair belonged to a Czech officer who fought with the British Army in WW2. His boots are still my ultimate footwear for anything extreme:



My Dad, who was in the 8th Air Force based in England during W.W 2, came back with a pair of veltdschoen which he wore in the snow in New York,
where we lived ,for the next 40+ years. I understand that it was not uncommon to adopt items from other armed forces uniforms and wear them with one's
own uniform. For my Dad, this also included a pair of Jodphur boots and a trench coat, also probably British. The latter had numerous holes in it
caused by a nearby incendiary bomb hit and a souvenier more than a coat to be worn.
post #105 of 1140
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Originally Posted by mainy View Post

RE: banana republic, i highly recommend the book the couple who started the store wrote and released in 2012. very short, easy read, but a great story of retailing / clothing / entrepreneurship

thanks will read this soon.
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