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I've never owned a pair but I've checked them out. I think it's considered a 2nd tier vintage shoe. MiUSA & GYW. As with other brands quality is variable with newer ones probably not so great.
Is that a brand name, or a grade of shoe? I thought it was the later, and sort of a generic term for a higher grade of shoe...?
Mason – Chippewa Falls Wisconsin. Founded in 1904 by August and Bert Mason. Ended USA production in 2003. Also know as B Mason. The Executive Imperial line was their premier line. Tier 2/3 and one of my better fitting pair of vintage shoes.I've never owned a pair but I've checked them out. I think it's considered a 2nd tier vintage shoe. MiUSA & GYW. As with other brands quality is variable with newer ones probably not so great.
I really like my black Mason Executive Imperials made in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, a mere 90 minutes from my hometown (shoutouts). They're supposedly second tier, but when I compare them to my Hanover gunboats or my Florsheim 92604s, I really don't see much difference in quality. Your mileage may vary, as other non-Executive Imperials by Mason might be lesser quality, but I can't fault the EIs from my experience.I've never owned a pair but I've checked them out. I think it's considered a 2nd tier vintage shoe. MiUSA & GYW. As with other brands quality is variable with newer ones probably not so great.
Mason did have some acceptable shoes and even made two styles in shell.Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. I think I will consider the pair, but I might pass if they aren't considered quite so nice. Bruta figura is not something I want to aspire to, especially in a style that isn't necessarily something I don't have already.
I’ve posted pictures of these a few times. I really like the color on these too. Unlike most of the other pairs in my collection, I did almost nothing to these. I got them for a song on Poshmark and they were practically brand new. I used to think that tassel loafers should have stayed with Gordon Gekko in the 1980s. These completely changed my thinking.WOW! The color on that pair is incredible. I don't think I have ever seen you post a pic of them.
Executive Imperial was the trade mark of shoes from the Mason Shoe Co. of Wisconsin, I believe. Was Goodyear welted but often with vinyl rather than leather welting material. A second tier shoe, below Florsheim, Nettleton, etc. Sold originally through door-to-door sales reps.