Originally Posted by FosterandSon
Sorry it's taken us such a long time to respond. We have a little more information from our archives but unfortunately they're pre-computer and searching them takes an unfeasible amount of time.
We have a full brogue co-respondent that is the same in every detail as the shoe that appeared on our postcard. We can't show you a photograph of it just at the moment as it's away from the shop right now (we may, emphasis on the may, have a rtw shoe made in exactly the same style, it's one of a number of things we're looking at). I do however have a few pictures of a semi-brogue co-respondent from the same era and entries in our order book for 1959 and 1996 for the great man. I will try to match the entries to patterns as soon as I can.
Foster & Son
Dear Foster & Son,
Many thanks for the information, it is much appreciated. Until I saw the 2079 order, I was confused about a 1996 order, as Fred passed away in '87. 1996 seems to say a pair of slippers. Fred was particularly fond of the correspondent style in the 30's, although he continued to sport them throughout his movie career. The 1930's asymmetric tubular lasts are my personal preference, reminiscent of art deco!
This brings up a related point, how were traditional dancing/ evening shoes made before they could be fully cemented/ blake stitched? I ask this as Fred often appeared in scenes wearing visibly welted shoes (close up shots), and would transition to the dance scenes. However, pictures of the dance shoes show no sole protruding from the edge of the upper, like a modern cemented formal shoe. They possibly could have used a blake machine from the early 20th century onwards, and thus on Fred's shoes.