Originally Posted by chorse123
The McAfee shoes arrived today (if you can believe it; I bought them wednesday afternoon). They appear to be absolutely NOS, yellowed tissue paper still stuck in the toes. Embossed in gold Alan McAfee Ltd. London W.1 with the polo player on the liner. Under the tongue they are stamped 87C B16 Size 9 1/2 in white letters. Sizing is American. Made In England is stamped into the sole; also embossed on the sole in gold script is Hand-Lasted Hand-Finished. The brogueing is quite dusty and the shoes, though in perfect condition, are just sucking up the Propert's conditioner. What the ebay photo didn't really show well was the gently squared off and chiselled toe. The soles are cut very close in a way I've previously seen only on Lattanzi. Oddly, the nails in the heel appear to be square. Unfortunately, I returned the borrowed camera, so it may be a few days before I get a picture.
The McAfee rtw shoes are really murky. Most often what turns up are basically rebranded Church's. Somebody explained this once, noting that in markets where Church's were sold the Church's shoes were sometimes rebranded with the Alan McAfee name for private retailers. Thus, for example, here in San Francisco where Church's were sold widely, Bullock & Jones, I. Magnin, and Saks Fifth Avenue all carried shoes marked Alan Mcafee followed by the name of the retailer. These shoes, however, don't fall into that category. Stylistically, they are quite in line with the bespoke McAfees--esp. in the waist and the shape of the toe. If I had to guess, I'd say these shoes probably go back to the early 1970s. Just a hunch.
Anyway, I'm very happy with the shoes. I've always liked the full brogue monk. It's a style you don't often see on rtw shoes--unless I'm mistaken, neither Lobb nor Green do a rtw version of such a shoe.