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post #241 of 1064
Beautiful vintage shoes - absolutely exquisite.

I thought you might find this interesting - I've been making my way through the Apparel Arts Italian 3-volume set that I picked up last year (there's a lot to digest!), and came across a two-page spread from the mid-1930s on what Apparel Arts considered to be some of the preeminent haberdashers and shoemakers of the day in London's West End. There are about two dozen images of various store fronts, including Henry Maxwell. Unfortunately, not much of the store front can be seen because the awning is up, but that appears to be the bootmakers truck parked in front of the shop (Are those coats of arms for the Royals that granted warrants to the company on the side of the truck?):





Also, what is probably a pretty rare image of Tuczek's storefront:



From the article: " . . . Certainly, a shop like Tremlett's on Conduit Street, the birthplace of the necktie which bears its name, has something which money cannot buy. And the same thing can be said for Maxwell's the famous bootmakers, or Izod's, who specialize in fabulous furnishings."

You can see the full post at An Uptown Dandy here:
http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2013/10/through-these-portals-pass-best-dressed.html

And here's a little more info on the Apparel Arts 3-volume set:
http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2013/03/apparel-arts-italian-3-volume-set-from.html

Enjoy!
post #242 of 1064
Thread Starter 

PhiloVance,

 

Amazing! I'll check re the coat of arms in the 30's.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #243 of 1064
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Richard Burton

 

We are looking up the pattern that goes with this entry and will post it as soon as we can.

 

 

You'll have to click on the image to see the entry, something appears to have gone wrong with our photo-editing.

 

Foster & Son

post #244 of 1064
I have a question. Why does this boot have a reverse Erco heel?
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post #245 of 1064
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Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell Bespoke Shoe Archive

This is a lovely 5-tie, semi-brogue derby. We love the waist on this one and the 12spi on the sole, it's a lovely refined shoe for the weekend. We can't be sure exactly how old it is without further digging in the archives but, at a guess, we'd say late 40's.






















Foster & Son

As someone who has rehabbed vintage shoes dating to the 20s please buy yourselves a tub of Pecards Antique Leather Dressing which will revivify those magnificent vintage shoes. It is used in the antique trade on leather and I have found it is very successful and it does not change the colour.

http://pecard.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Pecard&Category_Code=antique

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Pecard-Leather-Care
post #246 of 1064
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As someone who has rehabbed vintage shoes dating to the 20s please buy yourselves a tub of Pecards Antique Leather Dressing which will revivify those magnificent vintage shoes. It is used in the antique trade on leather and I have found it is very successful and it does not change the colour.

http://pecard.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Pecard&Category_Code=antique

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Pecard-Leather-Care
great suggestion.
post #247 of 1064
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I have a question. Why does this boot have a reverse Erco heel?
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VegTan,

 

Full marks for spotting this, I hadn't. I suspect that it's there for the same reasons that the Alden has it, i.e. extra arch support. These boots were produced as samples and we would imagine that this would be pointed out to customers as a benefit if they felt the need. It just goes to show that there is little new in shoemaking and credit to Alden for offering it.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #248 of 1064
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great suggestion.

 

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As someone who has rehabbed vintage shoes dating to the 20s please buy yourselves a tub of Pecards Antique Leather Dressing which will revivify those magnificent vintage shoes. It is used in the antique trade on leather and I have found it is very successful and it does not change the colour.

http://pecard.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Pecard&Category_Code=antique

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Pecard-Leather-Care

 

Gentlemen,

 

Thank you very much for the suggestion. Another poster (it was meister I think) made a similar point about a pair of croc's earlier on in the thread. I will pass this information on tomorrow and let you know how we proceed.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #249 of 1064
Cliftons. The right shoe is a bit tight mid-foot. I hope that it will break in OK. I really like the medallion.



post #250 of 1064
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Mr. Six, they suit you sir!

post #251 of 1064

These followed me home from my London trip.  Guess I'll keep them.  I know there are some oxblood derby's waiting out there for me too!! :)

 

Have to say that I tried a few different manufacturer's shoes on and for the RTW these fit me the best.  I just don't have the skinny feet most people seem to have these days or I am not willing to walk around with shoes that squeeze.

 

If you are in London you should pay a visit to the shop.  Friendly and helpful, even complemented my blue suede casuals!!  There's also lots of history on the walls.

 

 

post #252 of 1064
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beaur, really glad they work for you. Best, Foster & Son

post #253 of 1064
I've previously tried Pecard's, but the gunk didn't do the trick for me or the leather. I waited for three days for the stuff to penetrate, but it didn't, and it didn't soften the vintage leather at all.
post #254 of 1064
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Thanks for the advice gentlemen, I've passed it on and will report back. Foster & Son

post #255 of 1064
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I've previously tried Pecard's, but the gunk didn't do the trick for me or the leather. I waited for three days for the stuff to penetrate, but it didn't, and it didn't soften the vintage leather at all.

You must be the only one. I left one pair for 18 months in the stuff and they ended up perfect. 1920s/early 30s.

You are talking through your hat old mate. Sorry. It's not a three day wonder and you should have known this from other users.
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