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Dacks and other Canadian shoe brands

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

  1. Paul902

    Paul902 Distinguished Member

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    Chatted with a guy (Zac, you there?) on the street yesterday, and he told me about Dayton Boots, out in Vancouver. Been around since 1946 and have strong work vibe to their boots. Anyone have any experience with them?
     

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    You were at Islington. Those were the ones that I posted about on 50% off day (I left the Fairfax as well)
     

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    I have looked at their website several times. Mostly work boots and a hand full of casual and work shoes.

    A tad expensive.
     

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    Here is a pair of wonderful Dacks that must be from 1949 or the very early 50's (given the "modern logo" in combination with the nailed heels). Not mine, and these are the only photos I could find. The laces are amazing. I wonder if they worked well or were a complete PITA.

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    Anybody a 12D?
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    Also, not Canadian, but these are interesting

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    Will proxy either if anyone is interested
     

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    I had a little bit of thrifting stardust fall on me today. I stopped at the local VV and bought a pair of really ugly, worn at the heel, hand waxed finish Dack's tasseled loafers for $13.00. I regretted the purchase immediately. On my drive home I decided that I didn't want to waste the effort to clean them, so I stopped at the men's mission and donated them and to my surprise I was given a $10 off coupon. I wandered over to the tiny space where they keep a few men's shoes and found these 10.5 D dead NOS early 1970's McHale chestnut brown balmoral gunboats with 360 Goodyear welting. I had the coupon for roughly 45 seconds.

    One shoe has a McHale sock-liner and the other has a Letallier sock-liner. Letallier was a high-end shoe retailer located on Rideau St. in downtown Ottawa for many years. A quick check of the archives shows that they stocked McHales through the 60's and 70's. These shoes are a whole notch above any other 1970's McHales I have seen. They hearken back to an earlier time. The advert is from 1973.

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    Wow.
     

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    Here are a pair of short-wing derby camel Dacks that have been posted to Ebay (no connection). NOS. It is interesting to get a look at how these shoes appeared out of the box. Beauties. They carried a bit more polish than I had imagined.

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    They are up there with Viberg prices, albeit a bit more work oriented. I wonder how their quality stacks up to AE and other North American brands. It is good to see that GYW is alive on the west coast. If Hartt could only rekindle that in Fredericton balance would return to the country!
     

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    Hartt, Dacks, and John McHale... just to start
     

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    Not my cup of tea.

    You live with angels!

    My cup of tea!
     

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    I agree. I put in what I thought was a very fair offer, and it was rejected without consideration. But it is nice to see them.
     

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    Fair is all of us owning every pair/model in NOS condition. In our size.
     

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