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Does Wildsmith not make their own shoes? Â If not, is there any way to tell if these are EG-made? Â I won them for a pretty low price, so I figured it was worth the risk.She's got a suede pair too in another auction (labeled "Wildsmith" - I know at least some Wildsmith shoes were actually made by EG)
Wildsmith used to make their own shoes, at least bespoke; but in recent years have sold private label made by C & J or EG.Does Wildsmith not make their own shoes?
Originally Posted by kabert,26 Sep. 2004, 12:31Quote:
Looking at the shoes in the photograph, I would think their very large brouging holes place them stylistically in the 1960s, maybe even the 1950s.I couldn't find any markings of any kind other than the Wildsmith and Co. stamp under the heel on the insole. Â Any hints on how to identify the manufacturer?
Wow, cool. Â I noticed those dimples on the inside, but didn't have any idea what they were. Â The shoes do have a pretty unique shape and they're exceptionally light, even compared to other quality English shoes such as C&J or Grenson. Â I think they'll make for a pretty unique casual shoe.There is one way to see if the shoes are truly handmade, have a look at the insoles. Do they have a row of dimples going all the way around the shoe? When the welt gets stitched by hand the stitches have a downward force and are seen from above as dimples. In a machine made shoe, where the welt is place onto a glued on linen strip, the force goes sideways and the stitches cannot be seen from above.
Are they very dirty? I recommend not to wash vintage leathers. It's very difficult to wash vintage leathers from my experience. Even if they seem to be supple before washing, sometimes they lose suppleness after drying.The uppers could use a little attention and a few minutes with an eraser-type cleaner and a suede brush didn't seem to have much effect.
Hi. Your shoes show "Duke Street, St. James's", right? Wildsmith is located on "Piccadilly Arcade" now, so your shoes were made at the former store. They are vintage, but I don't know when Wildsmith moved and how old they are.Originally Posted by DARLEY