This morning at the thrift store I came upon a pair of NOS shell cordovan loafers made by Howard & Foster for Robert Kirk Ltd., San Francisco and Carmel (first I've heard of that last bit!). They're completely trad, of course, but still very nicely sewn with a split-toe, high vamp, beefroll, double sole, etc. The overall impression is quite pleasing and more fluid than you might expect from an old chestnut of this genre. The size and related info are written on the inside in the sort of loopy script that hasn't been current in the US for several decades. If I had to guess, I'd bet these were from the 1950s. There's been a fair bit of talk about Nettleton. Has anybody else ever seen a pair of Howard & Foster shoes?