English Walkers (Shoes)

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  1. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    Back in the mid 1960's, there was a very popular shoe called English Walkers. They were a mid ankle type of loafer that were extremely popular. I have down numerous searches to no avail to find more information about these popular traditional shoes.

    Does anyone have any information regarding these popular shoes from yesteryear?
     
  2. scotrace

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    Welcome to The Fedora Lounge, anselmo1.

    I'm betting one of our members, Senator Jack, will have some suggestions for you as soon as he sees this thread.
     
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    There was a mid-market U.S. brand called British Walkers. Their most popular models were brogues and wingtips. Here's a pair:

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  4. mparker

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    Limmer (www.limmerboot.com) still makes the one they made back then. Click "boots & accessories" then "walker".
     
  5. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    The English Walkers I am talking about were a mid ankle loafer dress shoe. I am pretty sure that they were made in Great Britain at the time because a pair back in 1964 ran about $50.00. Today with inflation and the value of the dollar, they would run around $500.00. They were dressy and very unique and were very stylish. The only color you could buy the shoe in was a British tan.
     
  6. Tomasso

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    I've never heard the name English Walkers. Is it a brand?

    Anyway, this just illustrates how much we miss Marc Chevalier.
     
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    Any ideas where i can get these?
     
  8. Tomasso

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    Here you go.
     
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    thanks, i never imagined that pic was from an active auction.

    I found the yahoo mirror, before i checked your reply.

    thanks, i may just 'buy it now...'
     
  10. jkingrph

    jkingrph Practically Family

    Tried your link to limmer. Could not find the wing tips, just some ulgy walker types.

    I had several pair of British Walkers when in high school and college in the 60's. Fine shoes wish I could find them now.
     
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    For the WIN!

    I won the auction on those pictured above. Last night.

    Very excited to go home and check my email.
     
  12. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    I can't even find a picture of English Walker shoes on the internet! I guess they haven't been made since the 1960's?
     
  13. Tomasso

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    I mentioned English Walker to my 80 year old uncle, who was/is a clotheshorse and he'd never heard of the brand. He said, "Are you sure you don't mean British Walkers?"[huh]
     
  14. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    British Walkers are a well known name for a wing tip shoe synonymous with the name. English Walkers were a mid ankle loafer in British tan which were only seen in the mid 1960's.

    I had three friends in high school that had them when everyone else was wearing Bass Weejuns and Beef Role Loafers. They were $50.00 back in 1964 which was considered quite expensive. You could get a pair of Bass Weeguns for under $20.00 back then.
     
  15. Tomasso

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    Why don't you try the Trad Forum at AAAC, they may have some info.
     
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    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    Tried that forum also to no avail!
     
  17. ADG

    ADG New in Town

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    I suspect these are the makers you are talking about? These were purchased new in September of 1963 so the time period seems to fit. They are also definitely Made in England under the name "English Walkers," as you indicated, not British Walkers. I have attached photos of the shoes, soles, interior, and original box. I am not sure about the size conversion and so do not know if the 10 listed is UK or US? They measure out to about a US 10.5/11 and a medium width. I hope this helps?

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  18. Tomasso

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    Mystery solved.

    :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    And it only took a year and a half. :p
     
  19. Tomasso

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    BTW, here are a pair of deadstock British Walkers if anybody is interested.




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  20. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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    No, the English Walker shoes I am talking about are a mid high to the ankle loafer in brown without any tassels.
     

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