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Nunn Bush: Have they always been crap?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gladhands, May 9, 2011.

  1. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    Do any of you know if Nunn Bush used to be a respectable shoe company? I thrifted a pair of ancient Nunn Bush saddle oxfords a copult of weeks ago. I took them to my cobbler to have them re-soled and discovered that they were goodyear welted and had steel shanks.
     


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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    perhaps they used to, certain don't anymore
     


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    Achilles_ Senior member

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    I almost bought a pair of vintage longwings, but they were sold already. They looked great and to be of good construction.
     


  4. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    perhaps they used to, certain don't anymore

    Oh, they're certainly trash now. Worse than Aldo, but I was wondering if they used to be good.
     


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    Cary Grant Senior member

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    They were from the 1930's into the mid-century though they always promote themselves as a "value" choice.

    Got sucked into Weyco in the 1970's (same company as Florsheim).
     


  6. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    My grandfather used to get them, and I believe they were a pretty decent shoe back in the 1950s, as was Bostonian.
     


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    franz_sanchez Well-Known Member

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    Oh, they're certainly trash now. Worse than Aldo, but I was wondering if they used to be good.
    They are really worse than Aldo?I thought Aldo made pretty junky shoes. I guess at least most Nunn Bush shoes are not squared toed. I find looking at Aldo most of their shoes are ugly square pointed shoes. I would never buy Aldo shoes. I never really cared for Nunn Bush either because I thought they were cheap. They do make some shoes with soles that are leather with a rubber insert. Many cheap brands don't even make shoes with real leather soles. Usually its rubber or its something that looks like leather but really isn't
     


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    mr monty Senior member

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    They made a solid shoe until the 70s.
     


  9. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    got a pair of nunn bush plain toes in the 80s. they were pretty well made as far as I can remember.
     


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