HOF: Labels, heels and nail patterns - Secrets to ID the maker

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    Brilliant reportage,,,,,,,,,,TYVM
     


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    Brilliant reportage,,,,,,,,,,TYVM

    Yeah very interesting, it sounded as though it was done by a real pro.
     


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    Anyone recognize this label? The name on the insole is worn out. They're a pair of light brown brouged punch caps that were made in England.

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    ^ Loake

    Thanks, Onix!
     


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    Trying to determine if these shoes I picked up, lightly used, are Shell or Calf. They are Church's - Prima Classe - Made in Italy. Would any one have an idea from the photos? Also, any idea of the approximate original price??
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    Trying to determine if these shoes I picked up, lightly used, are Shell or Calf. They are Church's - Prima Classe - Made in Italy. Would any one have an idea from the photos? Also, any idea of the approximate original price??

    Bookbinder calf.
     


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    Thanks, Onix. Can you tell me anything about Bookbinder Calf. Are you familiar with this line of shoes and what their approximate original selling price was?

    Thanks for your help. You helped me I.D. another pair of shoes a few weeks ago. Much appreciated
     


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    Thanks, Onix. Can you tell me anything about Bookbinder Calf. Are you familiar with this line of shoes and what their approximate original selling price was?

    Thanks for your help. You helped me I.D. another pair of shoes a few weeks ago. Much appreciated


    - Bookbinder is Church's term for corrected grain leather. Basically, it's calf leather with inferior cosmetic property, hence got "processed" to this type of shiny leather. The major con of it is that you can't polish them, and once the shine is gone, it's gone (since it doesn't absorb polish very well). Of course, the major pro of it is that you don't need to polish them, some quick brush would be suffice.
    - When new, corrected grain leather can look a lot like shell, hence some can't tell. However, after being worn, the crease is characteristically different (micro-crease in non-shell, smooth-crease in shell).
    - Church's Prima Classe is now discontinued (I believe), but they're a step (or two) below Church's highest line, the "Custom Grade".
    - About price, check your PM
     


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    Thanks, again Onix.
     


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    This thread is super helpful, props to all of the contributors. thumbs up!
     


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    Can someone please help a brotha out and identify this??? Lots of handwork, fully canvassed.
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    How old is this label?
     


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    Nice one dude !
    Why didn't this idea came to my mind early, any ways you got lucky.
     


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