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Dacks and other Canadian shoe brands

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Rampart, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Jiqea

    Jiqea Senior Member

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    Well, the public can order the boots now from the Alberta Boot Co., and there is no evidence that there were anything other than the Church's liners in these boots. I suppose some nefarious cobbler with a handy supply of mint Church's shoe socks could have done the deed. But if his goal was a quick sale, then he didn't succeed.

    Both our explanations are admittedly "just so stories", however, given the fact that Church's owned Hartts, I suspect the boots left the factory as we see them today. There is also the Church's price tag on the sole of the boots. Not DNA evidence to be sure, but it is something. I agree 100% that these boots were made by Hartt's as all the markings are quite clear, and they are branded as made in Canada on the upper interior, and the packaging material is similarly labelled.
     

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    Canadian made Florsheim by John McHale on a very cold day. These PTBs are made from antelope.

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    Jiqea Senior Member

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    Wonderful shoes. I have not seen many McHale exotics. Of all the exotics I think the brown antelope and the tan camels have best stood the test of time. Plus with those shoes you will be quick on your feet in court!
     

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    After finally getting properly fitted for shoes I been on a bit of a buying spree practically on the used market. I recently stumbled on some Dack's and a search took me back here when trying to determine the size of a pair on ebay.

    The posting has the pair listed as a 9, you posted some useful information about decoding the size, but I am still not sure if these would work for me. The pair has the numbers numbers 7840 9 and 87 on the next line. I think that may be 7 for ee but I am confused about the 840.

    I take a 9eee on AE 65 last and 9.5eee or 9eee on Bostonian or Florsheim made in the US pairs.

    Do you think this pair would work?

    Listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dacks-Size...Oxford-Dress-Shoes-Bicycle-Brown/264095798228

    Many thanks for your help!
     

  5. Jiqea

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    The size is not indicated by the numbers shown. The 78## indicates brown camel (or at least numerous pairs of my brown camels have that 78## marking. There would have been a 3 or 4 digit number in front of these numbers indicating size, but it has apparently worn away. Some Dacks also used a number and letter to indicate size). The 9 definitely does not indicate the size (I am still trying to figure out exactly what it indicates; style I think). You would need to request measurements to see if these shoes would fit you.
     

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    Thanks Jiqea, I will contact the seller for measurements and compare to my other pars to at least get an idea.
     

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    And welcome to the Dacks thread!!! Be sure to show us any other Canadian vintage shoes you have acquired here, and the Dress Shoe Appreciation thread has a great group of knowledgeable, funny and stylish regulars.
     

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    Welcome! I am either 8.5/9eee for most AE lasts.

    For vintage shoes, I can even do 9e for vintage Florsheim.

    For Canadian brands, I can do 8.5F, 8.5G, 8.5H, 9F, and 9G.

    I am doubtful these shoes will work for you. Never ever rely on measurements.

    Get in touch with @mariusscott as he has an etsy store, and will hook you up.
    https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ScotkinVintage?ref=l2-shopheader-name

    In fact, this pair of Dacks should work for you, as they are 9F:

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/663997085/dacks-custom-grade-cornwall-black-smooth?ref=hp_opfy-2
     

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    It has been a little quiet on the thread so I thought I would kick things off by posting this pair of black Prarie Oxhide Dacks that I found at the local thrift store. One shoe was on the rack and the other was about 40 feet away under the women's dresses! Nice shoes in OK condition, with a recent half re-sole and new heels. Also shown is my new stocking stuffer Dack's dollar!

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    I also stumbled across this pair of H.H. Brown's. H.H. Brown was founded near Boston, Massachusetts in 1883, and have been owned by Berkshire Hathaway for the last 25 years. In Canada they produced shoes at their factory in Sherbrooke, QC., which is where these cap-toe Oxfords were made (qualifying them for this thread!). In NOS condition and in my size. I think I will put a high shine on the toes.

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    Clean off that horseshoe, and share with the brothers!
     

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    Seriously. I have a major case of thrift store envy!
     

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    Canadian made Kamik William.

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    I have the identical pair! I have been waiting for some mid-brown shoe cream to show up before reconditioning, and posting them. I agree, makes a very nice casual shoe.

    FIFY

    I love how dirty those are. Proper thing!
     

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    Here they are after some Bick 1/4, shoe cream, sole waterproofing, and brushing. 1984 model. The Biltrite heels are fairly worn, but for $5 + product, these are a treat! (I got them on a VV 1/2 price day, and also had a $2 survey coupon). So freaking comfortable. I even got a complement on them when I wore them before cleaning them up.
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