Hi, I have pretty much the same question with a pair of Alan McAfee shoes I picked up a couple of weeks ago. They have the "Custom Grade" stamp on the bottom and the "Made in England" script logo on the insole with no polo player. The handwriting on the inside of the shoes is extremely difficult to make out, but it looks like it starts with an "m" as opposed to a "KN" or a "C". There is also some strange creasing on the toe flex area of the left shoe. I can't tell if it's from the previous owner not taking proper care of the shoes or if it's a leather quality issue. So, could someone please help me figure out the following... or any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
1. What company actually produced this pair of shoes?
2. When were they made?
3. What leather it is most likely made from?
I think this is what the writing says in the inside
11.0 D 73
I own two pairs of Alan McAfee shoes. The first I bought in London in 1970 for about $80. A pair of brown oxfords that I'm still wearing after 42 years. The second pair I bought in London about 1975. A pair of black monk-straps. Still wearing them after 35 years.
Alan McAfee was a top English brand, second only to bespoke (or custom-made) men's shoes. Church's bought the brand, but never produced shoes of the quality of Alan McAfee.
If they fit, take good care of them and you'll probably be able to wear them for decades, although I wouldn't wear them so often as to wear them out.