I couldn't find any markings of any kind other than the Wildsmith and Co. stamp under the heel on the insole. Â Any hints on how to identify the manufacturer?
Looking at the shoes in the photograph, I would think their very large brouging holes place them stylistically in the 1960s, maybe even the 1950s. All right, that's only a guess, but I presume very much your shoes are truly bespoke and were hand made for a particular person. (One indication is the lack of a marked size.) Wildsmith was very famous bespoke shoemakers and made their own shoes (apparently Wallis Simpson was one of their clients). When I say that they "made" the shoes I mean they designed them and co-ordinated the process but that the individual work was done by a number of outworkers, each one specialising in a particular field. That's the way (up to these days) things get done in London. There is one way to see if the shoes are truly handmade, have a look at the insoles. Do they have a row of dimples going all the way around the shoe? When the welt gets stitched by hand the stitches have a downward force and are seen from above as dimples. In a machine made shoe, where the welt is place onto a glued on linen strip, the force goes sideways and the stitches cannot be seen from above. You can get suede spray that has a component a color mixed in, to give the shoes a bit of a lift in the coloration.