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Country shoe collection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rabiesinfrance, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. rabiesinfrance

    rabiesinfrance Senior member

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    I love traditional English country shoes, particularly veldtschoen styles.

    Here's my collection.

    1. Tecnic boot, Martin leather, 1970s.

    2. Tecnic shoe, Martin leather (probably), 1970s.

    3. Alfred Sargent shoe, brown zug grain, recent, now discontinued.

    4. Cheaney made for Herring shoe, brown grain.

    Tecnic and Lotus were very good makers in their day and specialised in this style.

    You could broadly call them 'army officer' styles - shoes or boots to be worn with uniform. The style "Aldershot" is not accidental.

    I think they are fantastic quality - Tecnic is a bit nicer than Sargent as it has better leather. The Cheaney is fantastic quality.

    It's a shame that you can't buy this quality any more (or it is very hard to find).

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  2. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Senior member

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    what exactly is veldtschoen , aside from cap toe boot. I notice many are waterproof.

    I;'d like a boot like this in tan. Any ideas?
     
  3. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Isn't veldtschoen just a very waterproof construction method?
     
  4. Germanicus

    Germanicus Senior member

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    You might want to take a look at the Crockett&Jones Snowdon. It's made to the veltschoen construction aswell.
     
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  5. Nick A

    Nick A Senior member

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    Gaziano & Girling Cambridge in Walnut Arran Grain with Dainite Soles​

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    Gaziano & Girling Thorpe in Rustic Arran Grain with Storm Welt​

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  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Those G & G Thorpes.

    That's a country shoe for a stylish 'squire'.
     
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    Gdot Senior member

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    None of those are stylish/aesthetically pleasing.

    Maybe slightly. They don't look horrendous. But certainly not noteworthy.
     
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  9. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    I like them for true country wear. I would call them a military take on the English country shoe. They have the short vamps and wide toes that were fashionable in the 1930s and 1940s, and were retained by military uniforms after everyone else dropped them in favor of longer vamps and narrower toes.

    There is a clear relation to the JM Weston Hunt Derby and the true Budapester, although both seem to have longer vamps:

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  10. Isbister

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    Somewhat late in replying, but thanks for sharing. I had cause to visit the Technic factory c.1995 and remember watching shoes like that being made. That particular type of zug-grain leather was I believe made by Martins, a Scottish tannery. They went out of business and the type of zug-grain now used by Tricker's and Alfred Sargent is somewhat different - rather more oily, less easy to bring to a shine. Technic themselves went bust too. A lot of the machinery was taken over by Sanders & Sanders. The premises themselves were demolished. Rather sad. Technic also made shoes for Alan McAfee, who had a shop somewhere off Oxford Street - I think that may have gone too.

    Over the years I have built up a collection of Alfred Sargent country shoes - quite a few, including their veldtschoen styles. I also have various shoes by Tricker's, but would rate the AS shoes more highly than Tricker's. I may post some pictures here if there is any interest.
     
  11. Jimmy Balantyne

    Jimmy Balantyne Senior member

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    I think the first McAfee shop, or at least the first one I came across, was on New Bond Street. They then seemed to pop up all over the place. I used to buy their longwings. It was a good shop and reasonably priced. Probably why they went ouf ot business. Shame.
     
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  12. Eucris

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    I believe the Tecnic company also made the old "John Spencer" boots.
     
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  13. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Alan McAfee, founded in 1840 (or thereabouts) was a bespoke shoemaker in Dover Street. At some point they branched-out into ready-to-wear which was sold from RTW shops, keeping the original store bespoke only. The RTW collection was produced by various Northampton factories. (My sole remaining pair is definitely C&J.)

    By the early/mid 80s they had probably 3 or 4 RTW shops scattered over London town. Come the late 80s, the company went under. After the company's demise, the name was acquired by Church, who in the late 90s tried to revive the name through a small collection produced by Church's (then) subsidiary Cheaney. That, obviously, didn't work either.
     
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  14. Jimmy Balantyne

    Jimmy Balantyne Senior member

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    I recall another pair of I got from them, tassled loafers. They were top-draw.
     

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