Nettleton shoes. - Page 3
i'd hear the legend of nettleton as well. bought a pair of vintage Nettleton Traditionals in brown gator from ebay, complete with boxes and bags. Styling was a little conservative, and surprisingly, workmanship and finish were not up to my expectations. Unlike my same model French Shriners (v-tip, split toe, lace-up bluchers), the edges on the vamps were not turned or piped. unevenly cut and sewn. perhaps these were late (all rubber soles) but from the style, had to be late 60's very early 70's at the latest. I've heard that their pebble longwings are the best, but I'm still looking. The pair I bought off ebay turned out to be a fake--terrible seller (meggakat) beware!
I am extremely dubious that anybody would fake NOS Nettletons.
They weren't faked. Seller claimed they were Nettletons, insoles were not readable on his photos. Turned out to be vintage but low-grade wingtips (British Walkers)
No box, but here are mine:
I have and have had some others. A forum Nettleton archive would be a good thing. I'll dig up pics of my others.
Keep in mind that later in life, Nettleton turned out some subpar shoes, but in its prime I doubt there were any better from a domestic maker.
I bought a pair on Ebay, recently. Look a lot like these ones, except my toe area looks more square.
They were $50(US) plus shipping and taxes into Canada. They feel great, and go with suits or casual. As I have to wear orthotics, I really need the GYW soles that can keep my feet going the whole day. They have not failed me.
I would say the leather is definitely of higher quality than AE or some of the British ones I own (Barker, Hawkins, Charles Tyrwhitt) and even of higher quality than the last Florsheims batches that were made in the US.
If you can snag an old pair, do it. They should last forever.