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Walk-Over Shoe Company

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There are a couple pairs of shoes made by "Walk-Over" shoe company on EBay. They are nice looking, but I've never heard of the company before. Google reveals that they have been in the US for many years, but I didn't see anything about them being a current shoemaker.
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Until they went out of business about ten years ago, I think, they were America's oldest continuing shoe factory. They speciallized in bucks and saddle shoes, with a little traditional dress shoe manufacturing. They produced just about everyones bucks - Cole Hann, J&M, etc., etc.
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Until they went out of business about ten years ago, I think, they were America's oldest continuing shoe factory.  They speciallized in bucks and saddle shoes, with a little traditional dress shoe manufacturing.  They produced just about everyones bucks - Cole Hann, J&M, etc., etc.
I had those old bucks, dirty and white (back when branded ColeHaan and before that J&M). Great quality for a really decent price. Last time I bought a pair of ColeHaans, it was probably late 80's. I bought the dirty bucks for maybe $89 or $99. American made.
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Watch out for Dexter, they bought the name when the company went out of biz.
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They used to be the shoe supplier for NYC's beloved and defunct "New Republic", and I still have a couple of pair in my closet. Medium quality. The leather is plastic-covered and of mediocre quality. Soles are either glues together or blake stitched. They served me well for years, but got less attractive as they get older.
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I had both white and dirty bucks from WalkOver in college ('77-'81) and they gave good service; could these be new-old stock?
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The seller in the auction says he bought them at the Walk-Over shoe store in Chicago in 1999.
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Walk-Over was a primary supplier to Filene's, and was I believed purchased by them as part of a last-ditch survival effort. I think they went out around 1992. I have a very nice pair of captoes that are uncorrected grain, Goodyear last (non stitched aloft). The only oddity was that when I had the heels replaced, my shoemaker told me the original heel was made of stacked pieces of cardboard
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