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What does the STAR * asterisk on the heel / sole of some shoes indicate?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ShoeMeister, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    I have not been able to get a reliable answer regarding a star that is stamped on various shoes (mostly Italian), usually in pairs on either side of the heel or the bottom soles. Can anyone help me out with this? I appreciate it. The shoes shown are a pair of Bruno Magli Platinum Vento and a Sutor cap toe.[​IMG]

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  2. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    It means you will be spared in the coming apocalypse.

    Never take those shoes off.

    lefty
     
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  3. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    Ahh.. of course. I should have known. I'll wear the other pair on my head, just to be safe.
     
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  4. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    Seriously..any idea from the shoe experts?
     
  5. HughJ

    HughJ Senior member

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    If only there was a shoemeister around.....
     
  6. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    With all the brilliant comedians on this site, there's little need to watch Letterman/Leno... just read this forum, sit back and prepare for hilarity.
     
  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's just a bit of decoration.
     
  8. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    Decoration, huh. Geez Louise... doesn't anyone know what these stars mean? I have heard they are the shoe maker's stamp or a certain factory stamp...
     
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    I have no idea what they are, but I'd listen to bengal-stripe. He's forgotten more than you or I will ever know.
     
  10. ShoeMeister

    ShoeMeister Well-Known Member

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    I'm overwhelmed by the collective shoe expertise in this forum... clearly I misjudged you gents.
     
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    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    If there's one thing that's for certain, it's that everything must have reasoning and functional application. God knows clothes and shoes are no place for aesthetics, decoration or random intricacy. Especially when talking about Italian makers...
     
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  12. ShoeMeister

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    I know, I know... you folks brow-beat any talk about Italian shoes.. LOL. Nevertheless, shoes need not always be cinder blocks like EG or similar which you can hear coming a mile away and leave 1" impressions in granite floors. Sometimes, elegance and fashion found in some Italian shoes can add a little variation :)
     
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    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I have nothing against Italian shoes and have owned many pairs. In fact, as a loafer addict, I often prefer Italian shoes given their (generally) light weight construction and casually elegant lasts. That said, it seems an Italian shoe would be the perfect candidate to have a bit of extra detail added with no real reasoning behind it.

    As I said, I have no basis for this conclusion other than bengal's input, but I also know he is an avid shoe collector and really, really knows his stuff.
     
  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The stars are decorations. Once upon a time before cements were used so extensively an outsole had to be tacked down prior to stitching the outsole to the welt. Stars and other devices were used, after the fact, to disguise the tack holes. Many if not most decorations on shoes have roots in function. The "welt "pricking" (between stitches), for instance, originally was implemented to tighten as well as separate stitches.

    Many of the functions have been lost but the ornamentation remains. And, to be sure, some ornaments are just oh so "clever" fillips meant to attract the eye or individualize a maker's work.
     
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    My Platinum Volt has the same mark ... it's my only pair of Magli's and so I can't comment if all models have them or just the Platinum line.

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    Great looking Brunos.. they look like the boot version of my Vento blutchers. But no, the "star" is NOT indicative of Platinum line- I own 3 pairs of Platinum, and a Bruno Magli Rabus (not Platinum but a $1000 shoe) and only the Ventos have the star. Also, the Sutors (and other totally different brands) have the same star randomly, so it clearly has nothing to do with the brand.. and as far as the star being a clever way to disguise a construction hole... I don't see how or why. I have never seen holes in the heel side that way on any shoe, so what would it be hiding? Makes no sense. And then why would they be on a $1500 pair of Sutor captoes on the bottom outsole?? I see no reason for it, besides possibly being a maker's mark or a symbol of a welt.
     
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    Bruno Vento and Bruno Rabus [​IMG]
     
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    Again, those are sweet boots.. love the brown color..
     
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    Can any shoe aficionados help me out with this mystery?
     
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    Didn't DWFII already answer this above?
     

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