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If Peal & Co. produces for Brooks Brothers is it American sizing or English?

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Seen enough to know based on the script of the sizing/last. And no, none of the makers that I know of include their name on BB shoes.
While on the subject, RIP Alfred Sargent.
 

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Well I tied my own record for how much I would pay for a vintage shoe at $400CDN (about 320USD), but these 1952-1958 S,E. Dacks "Cambridge" U-wings are my preferred size (10.5D) and I will never see another pair, so what the hell. Life is short.

The advert is from 1953, although that pair has grommets while mine has blind eyelets.

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I’m trying to figure out the age of these. Unfortunately, the heel has been replaced during a total restoration. I think the date code is JA. That would mean 1960, 1970, or 1980. (I know they are not 1990). Vcleat says that if the numbering looks old and is black, it is likely 1960’s. Is there another way to date these?

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I really don’t need another pair of 93605. But, I’m trying to convince myself not to buy them and the date seems relevant.
What does the front edge of the heel liner look like?

My hypothesis is that the front edge is serpentine shaped on older pairs and straight on newer pairs.
 

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There's an Edward Green happening going on over at the Luxeswap thread. The owner of Luxeswap, who is also the founder of the thrift thread, bought out a Brooks Brothers wholesale lot and is taking indications of interest. Lots of funny shoe related banter and some gifs
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Well I tied my own record for how much I would pay for a vintage shoe at $400CDN (about 320USD), but these 1952-1958 S,E. Dacks "Cambridge" U-wings are my preferred size (10.5D) and I will never see another pair, so what the hell. Life is short.

The advert is from 1953, although that pair has grommets while mine has blind eyelets.

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Have you seen those $600 pair of Santoni from Nordstrom!? These are an awesome get, no thrifts prices but meh what you going to do

A goal of acquiring 20 stellar pairs at the average cost of $200-300 is really not a big reach IMO, especially if you’ve got the feet to enjoy them for the next 20 or even 10 years
 

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Does anyone have any info on when the moniker of “Imperial” was first used in marketing? Be it for Florshiem or any other shoe maker

Maybe this has been answered before, it’s a long thread. @davidVC maybe already covered this?
 

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Does anyone have any info on when the moniker of “Imperial” was first used in marketing? Be it for Florsheim or any other shoe maker

Maybe this has been answered before, it’s a long thread. @davidVC maybe already covered this?
The earliest reference I could find was from a Wilmington, NC paper in 1869 (below). In the late 19th and early 20th century "Imperial" was a ladies brand/ the ad below is from 1899.

The earliest reference that I see to the Florsheim Imperial is from 1906.

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I don’t like posting stuff I don’t have in my hands yet, especially with the way things are going with the post office and all. I did lost a pair of gator slip in’s. I picked up a pair of Taylor-Made “Imperials” patent and suede boots that looks more like the 20s/30s than 40s that I’m trying to date

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With your edit, it confirms more likely than not they could be circa 40s
 

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While on the subject, RIP Alfred Sargent.
There has been an update: https://shoegazing.com/2021/02/22/interview-paul-sargent-of-alfred-sargent/
 

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