Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.
The others look like offerings from Paul Smith.
Interesting loafers with blue lacers.
really like that sole stitch. Solid & tough looking construction, but first rate styling & antiquing. excellent.
So here's a good question for the shoe connoisseurs.. I am ready to jump on the double monk bandwagon.
Being a C&J fanboy, I'll of course have the Lowndes.
The question is... dark brown burnished calf, or espresso calf suede? For some reason I feel as though they should be burnished calf, but having only two pairs of brown suede (Tetburys and some no-name wingtips) it seems like that would be a better choice for my winter wardrobe, which is corduroy/tweed heavy.
What do you guys think?
I have the dark brown burnished calf, and I just think calf goes better with the overall silhouette of the Lowndes. The sleekness just seems to be better paired with calf than suede, but that is just my 2c.
I'm pretty fond of double monks in suede. However, I'm not a huge fan of suede with tweeds - as I prefer the sheen of polished shoes with the texture of tweed. Not that there is anything wrong with suede and tweed, it's lovely and appropriate - I just like a little extra shine somewhere.
So - since you seem to be leaning towards suede - have at it!
My newest purchase.
The 4 large metal eyelets is very reminiscent of Victorian era boots from the early 1900's, and I haven't found a pic of a pair of shoes with them from the late 30's or 40's. I am guessing late1920's or early 1930's
Sadly, these are too big for me. They are a roomy 9 or a 9 1/2. Width, thankfully, is medium. I'm currently looking for a good home for these.
Custom Made NOS Howard & Leeds Spades.
Funny lacers .
Yes, and quickly.
Ishi, I urge to found a small shoe museum, be it virtual or inside your house. These fine vintage pairs are rare and will become rarer still as years wane on. Wearing them seems such waste as they will shatter in time.
For all the talk about "proper shoe care", very few people actually exercise it. If one cares for a fine pair of shoes, they will last & last (and improve with time as well)... regardless of how old they are. Thanks for the kind words.
1950's Thom McAn (YES, Thom McAn was a pretty nice shoemaker, once upon a time) Ventilated Spectators.
The mesh is 100% textile, and not 'plastic'. The concept of the shoe was to be extremely lightweight & to allow a cool breeze to run over one's foot on a hot summer day. They are light as a feather. Nothing spectacular, but very nicely made and serve the intended purpose superbly (better than putting holes in hot leather uppers for ventilation).
The meshing acts like a bellows pump with each step. I have a pair and your feet simply never get sweaty from the bellows effect.
Apparently they were all made by one company (O'Sullivans) between 1940-1950s and produced (rebadged) by various famous brands.
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