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Lee Kee Shoes- Does anyone know anything about them?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by loser21, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. loser21

    loser21 Member

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    Hey everyone, I found a couple pairs of Lee Kee shoes at a local thrift shop. Does anyone know anything about these shoes? They are in pretty decent shape I did a quick google search and it says he was some famous shoe maker in Hong Kong back in the day. Does anyone else have any insight on these shoes? Thanks!!!
     
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  2. loser21

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  3. Alan Block

    Alan Block New Member

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    Lee Kee makes bespoke (custom) shoes in Hong Kong. The quality is excellent and if they fit you they would be a great find.
     
  4. Salad

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    I don't know anything about these but I probably wouldn't wear them in the rain.
     
  5. john parker

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    Lee Kee!! At last I think I am reminded of the name of the Hong Kong shoe maker that I and a number of my squadron mates went to in the mid-60s to have shoes made! I believe I had three pair made, and still have one left after all threse years. Nice looking, well made and fit very well. Can't imagine how much they would cost now. Wish I had an address for I would see if they still have the lasts after all these years.
     
  6. Swan Song

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    I love my several pair of Sea Turtle and Alligator Lee Kee shoes i have found over the years. great quality.
     
  7. meister

    meister Well-Known Member

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    Superb shoes. He had his store in the Peninsula Hotel no less.
     
  8. Pliny

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    Was a subsidiary of the shipping Co. of the same name. Went belly up and sank without a trace in the 70s.
     
  9. babyhuey

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    My father wore size 16 shoes and could not find anything in the Cincinnati area. He heard about Lee Kee and they had him trace his foot on a piece of paper. It was mailed in and some time later the shoes came back in the style he ordered. He rotated the shoes, but he had those shoes for almost 40 years. He would just get new soles when he needed them.
     
  10. meister

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    Classic anecdote. Interesting how many Lee Kees are appearing on eBay. Steady trickle and all in good shape - bnot unsurprisingly.
     
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  11. Swan Song

    Swan Song Well-Known Member

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    My latest Lee Kee Custom shoe discovery, Giant Sea Turtle in brownish/golden.[​IMG]


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    :worship:

    If you ever get the urge to sell, and you happen to be a 10.5-11, for the love of god let me know- those are amazing.
     
  13. Swan Song

    Swan Song Well-Known Member

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    Thank you

    Two more pictures showing true color.

    They are very slightly longer than a 10 and a definite a US "D" width.





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  14. globetrotter

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    this is just plain mean, I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about these shoes until I kill a turtle myself
     
  15. Swan Song

    Swan Song Well-Known Member

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    I doubt you will find one with tiles as big as these, and illegal to harvest now if you could.


    These were made in the late 1960's from the looks of the sole and heels, which are originals and hardly worn.



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  16. Bonnie Blue

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    Has anyone ever seen a pair of custom made Lee Kee military looking boots? Did any military men have them made to wear with uniforms? I just acquired a pair and they are great but I don't know anything about them. I thought he just made casual shoes and boots. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Beyond beautiful. Lee Kee still comes up all the time on eBay which just goes to show what a top outfit they were. I first went to Hong Kong in 1978 but wish I had known about them or where their cordwainers went or who trained them. When you look at this stuff on here from Hong Kong it is like comparing Lobbs with Florsheim.
     
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  19. McGillycuddy

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    My Dad was in the US Navy during WW2 and was in the Pacific. He had all his shoes made in Hong Kong by Lee Kee until he died in the 1970's.
     
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    When I was a kid my Dad had all his shoes made by Lee Kee. The shoes were made to measure . Customers traced their feet and then measured in several locations with a cloth tape. Lee Kee made a mold from the info provided and your shoes were made around the mold of your foot. Lee Kee would send leather samples so you could pick what you wanted. They would make any style you wanted. We just mailed them a photo, or a pick out of a mag or a catalog, and you got exactly that shoe in the photo you sent. It took about 6 weeks to get them as I remember. The quality was the best I have ever seen. My Dad wore nothing but these from about 1964 or 65 until his death in 1969. Dad loved these shoes had maybe 12 or 15 pairs. All my Dad's shoe were exactly the same style. He had all kinds of leathers and colors, everything from lizard to gator , but they were all this style that he liked. My brother and I had maybe a dozen pairs each over the years. We had everything from penny loafers to Beetle boots and cowboy boots to" Bally like" dress shoes. The last pair I got was maybe in the 1980's. Somewhere in a box I think I've got the ordering directions and a a sample card for the leather. It would take me a month to find them if I could find them at all. I think I've I even got a pair of the shoes somewhere. I hope you enjoy your find.
     

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