- May 5, 2007
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For Your Private CollectionYou witnessed the meteoric rise of Stanley Van Buren, now you can forever own a small piece of epic StyleForum history. Available for the first and only time, this rare pair of former deadstock 1950's made in the USA longwings have journeyed across time, space, and the internet to find their way to one lucky collector who will surely become the envy of SW&D peasantry and royalty alike.
From his early days of posting, SVB wore these wingtips with pride. His very first WAYWT post featured them, along with other legendary pieces such as the Epaulet Red Club Collar Oxford (
inspiring such comments as:first WAYWT post on this forum; reposting from the Epaulet thread, here are my totally obnoxious and over-the-top photos for today:
Epaulet Red Club Collar Oxford
Vintage Webley tie
J. Crew Navy Cords
Vintage Stetson longwings
1976 Fiat 124 Spider
andIs there candy in the glovebox for the children?
Who could have known then that Stanley Van Buren would go on to become Styleforum Royaltyrealtalk: you give me the creeps
Ok, so the wingtips didn't make it into that picture, but still, you know these shoes from all your favorite SVB fits. From the office...
to the alley
these shoes can, and have, done it all. They work with suits, they work with jeans, they work with shorts even. Due to their legendary status, the TSA does not require these shoes to be removed in order to clear security at the airport (although you may be asked to present their Certificate of Authenticity).
These shoes have journeyed all over the United States as Stanley Van Buren is a well-known leisure enthusiast and frequent traveler. They have stomped the ground of such famous exotic destinations as Portland, Oregon, Laughlin, Nevada, and the San Fernando Valley (yes, "THE" Valley!).
And no StyleForum journey would be complete without inspiring fellow StyleForum Royalty
"SVB have you considered that maybe those shoes are a little too thick as it appears they have a double sole that looks to me to be approximately 2cm in height and sticking out from the upper approximately 1cm all around and in a color that is slightly more towards the red area of the color spectrum also the open lacing really isnt appropriate for wearing with a suit and so based on my calculations these rate about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 if we allow only integers (otherwise I might be willing to give you 2 and 5/8)." -- gettoasty
"Goddamn it, SVB, stop wearing those clunky wintips with every fucking outfit, you are a lawyer, you can afford some Paul Smiths or something" -- Teger
"STANLEY VAN BUREN. STANLEY VAN BUREN." -- Miran
Crafted by the now-defunct Stetson Shoe Company (no relation to the Stetson Hat Company) sometime in the 1950s, these wingtips originally came with leather "suicide" heels, but have no been replaced with a less death-defying rubber heel. The double leather soles are still going strong and have many years of life left in them, if you are crazy enough to want to wear these instead of putting them on display. Cedar shoe trees have been used at all times and regular polishing has kept the leather in beautiful shape.
Shoes will come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mr. Van Buren himself (estimated value: $gold). Shoe trees not included. Price includes shipping within the Continental United States.
Shoes are size 8D, although this is not strictly relevant as these are not intended to be worn.
Offered at the modest price of ***PRICE INCREASE DUE TO APPRECIATION/INFLATION***
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