Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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  1. mreams99

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    Sorry about throwing water on the fire....
    Please feel free to return to the longwing discussion.
     


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    Well, I did look for information on the Sears boot, but all of the catalogs online are the christmas wish list edition and they were overflowing with pajamas, toys, ties and handkerchief for Dad. Seems nobody wished for boots under the tree. So, back to other vintage stuff.

    The 1960-61 AE catalog features a single shoe with a "spade" sole. The Mc Allister is the only AE version I have seen with this distinctive sole that has lateral points at the ball of the foot. The Spade sole has gone in and out of style multiple times since the 1900s.From what I have read on other sites, the heyday for this distinctive look was the 1920-30s and much more can be read about it by clicking HERE to visit the Vintage Shoe Addict website. I also appropriated the image of the actual Lloyd and Lloyd shoe in this post and give full attribution to the VSA as this image is not marked for proper credit.

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    The Lloyd and Lloyd shoe is seen below.

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    It would be interesting to rehab the right shoe and find a cobbler who would be willing to resole the project with a spade shaped sole. It might even be fun for them as well. Anyone on the fourm have any pictures of a spade sole in the wild?
     
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    Does anyone sell a saddle wingtip shoe? I saw those back in the 1950's but have never seen them since then.
     


  4. smfdoc

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    They are around. I have seen them made by Johnson and Murphy and Clarks. Check Ebay for vintage and you can google saddle wingtip for links.
     


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    A great vintage Florsheim Imperial long wing in 11 EEE. Auction starts at $19.99. Style 96624, made in the 1990s in the USA. I have no association with this shoe. Click here to see it.

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    @meister stop being a tease. Give us a bigger picture and some details. Brand, when made, style name and how do they fit? What comments do you get? Love the shoes.
     


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    Happy Friday barnweasels. Did you ever think, "What these shoes need is another eyelet"? I was interested to learn from the 1960 catalog that there was a time that 7 eyelets on AE shoes was common. So, should this 60 year old design trend make a comeback in a few styles? Sorry that the images are so dark. They are pictures of Xerox copies. Yea or nay.

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    1940s Stetson Avenues. Wear them maybe once a month usually in winter.
     


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    Those are SWEET! Given that I have never even seen a pair in the wild, the chances I would find a pair in my size is a zillion to none.
     


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    Thank you VegTan for shedding light about vintage Hanovers, I am happy with the purchase and history.
     


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    Black pebble Florsheim Imperial long wing. Still on the hunt for this shoe in brown, harvest gold or tan. Made in 1969.

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    One of my favourite pairs from the 1950s

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    Interesting version of a u tip. I would love to see them with better light and know who made them. Are these and the spade shoes something you have had forever or do you gradually pick them up along the way?
     


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