- Jan 11, 2012
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Canadian made Florsheim by John McHale. These are PTBs in antelope.
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I also found it very weird. Maybe something in the London Free Press, or other local London area paper?Isn't it odd that no newspaper reference to the plant closure has been found? I've tried a number of times and I'm sure at least Jim has also attempted this. It's just weird.
I say John McHale based on the lettering style, sole design, and for sure - the broguing is a dead giveaway.So I posted this 'mystery' pair in the vintage shoe thread yesterday and then subsequently read through the majority of this one.
I had found these longwings on my first thrift store trip and picked them up along with a pair of what has turned out to be McHale florsheim imperials. The sock liner is worn nearly smooth but after peeling back a sticker was able to make out that they were 'Made Exclusively for the British Boot Shop' and therefore i assumed they were English made.
The only other clue I had for them was a partial embossed name on the sole... starting with a J in a stylized font. For a while I thought maybe they were Johnston and Murphy soles but checking their website i could never find a similarly styled letter J. The trail was cold until perusing this thread yesterday and I recognized a sole with 10 nails the same J...
What do you think, did I happen to find two vintage McHale made shoes on my first trip (i was in the store to buy a black shirt for a johnny Cash costume and thought why don't i check the shoe aisle)? Even if not, they are a lovely shoe that I'm happy to have.View attachment 1286773View attachment 1286774View attachment 1286776View attachment 1286777