A quick hello from a new forum member. I joined primarily because of this vintage shoe thread, but I am sure there are other areas of StyleForum I will find useful.
I just acquired my first pair of vintage' shoes - and let me know if these qualify as Vintage. A pair of Phi Bates brown v-cleat pebbled longwings.
I've always loved wingtips since I was a teen many decades ago. The recent discovery of a fairly active pre-owned marketplace for well made shoes was a delightful event for me. To date, I've had some lucky finds in thrift stores. Many of these finds, I wouldn't consider 'vintage', and most aren't wingtips. Namely AE Bradley in tan, AE Flatiron in tan, AE Berkley (sic) - oddly that's what's imprinted on the insole, and I think AE also has a Berkely model too.. .confusing, and a pair of JM Passports in burgundy. Would these shoes be considered vintage? In reading through the thread, I think the chances are they would be considered preowned but not vintage. What really attracted me to them is the notion of reconditioning the shoes, getting new soles if needed etc, and having a classic, well made shoes instead of a disposable shoe.
I am very excited about these pebbled Phi Bates, and am finding myself obsessively trolling the waters for a vintage pebbled long-wing in black, but that doesn't stop me from lusting over the many shades of brown available. "well... I dont have THAT shade of brown...LOL". And I haven't yet dove into the realm of Shell Cordovan.. ah to dream.
Anyway, Hello All, and I hope to learn much, as well as hopefully contribute something useful, or at least amusing, to this thread.
Feel free to guide a newbie,,,,,