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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Veronica Parra, Sep 29, 2005.
I was digging up info on dating a pair of shoes and stumbled into this Japanese Collectors website of vintage and modern shoes. I thought you folks might appreciate a gander at these unobtainable vintage and modern shoes.
A Jappanese Shoe collectors postings - http://centipede.web.fc2.com/ .
Best, Eric -
Love the details on these shoes you posted. The stitching, the stitch density, neatly executed brogueing and of course the gorgeous lines.
Thanks for sharing.
Feel blessed and very fortunate to have stumbled upon these true works of art: Edwin Clapp New Englanders... NOS in perfect condition (at the moment busy conditioning them for 2 weeks straight) anybody any idea from which period they are and what such a shoe would be worth nowadays?
Thanks in Advance
A lucky man, Fantastic pair, no doubt a perfect condition. What size are they?
Exactly my size. My cobbler advised me not to wear them to often as they would probably would not be able to handle a lot of walking
not really planning to sell just curious what they would go for
Grand 1940's pair of shoes. Value - would depend on owner's value of such vintage one of a kind shoes and condition. Uncertain as to the value. I do have my 1940 vintage shoes (wearable and minty) valued at $500 for insurance purposes. I chose that value as they are not ever able to be replaced. (This I believe is a conservative value as I have been advised to value them with a higher dollar.)
Vintage shoes of this age given the leather and stitching is good to go, can be gently worn. I have added rubber 1/2 soles to the fronts of the shoes to not wear the special soles and almost always replaced the heels as they were brittle or broke apart when wearing. Just my experience. I have posted many times in this thread pics of me wearing vintage shoes.
I googled them up and interestingly found these links:
Congrats on the shoes. I hope you can bring them back to gentle wearing condition.
Best, Eric -
Very much apreciated this is very helpfull! Ive seen your posts on the forum. I like when a man is passionate about his style. way to go and keep it going.
About 6 years ago ive been gifted a magnificent pair of Italian handmade black and white wingtips from Gravati. When i went to some high end cobbler to ask him what to do to preserve them he slapped some rubber soles under the original sole. At the time, i was like okay do your thing. but i did feel a difference in comfort after that. But when i moved to another city i got to know my new cobbler, who is very knowledgeable. the business has been in his family for generations. When he saw the rubber soles he was like.... what? how on earth can anybody do such a thing. he took a knife and without asking he pulled them right off. The comfort level was so different without those rubber soles. He said that its a crime to put these things under such beautiful shoes and completely makes them rigid. He was right. now almost 6 years later the original sole is still under there. Such is the quality of these shoes.
When i took the Clapps to him he just told me to condition them with this conditioner made of lanoline (woolfat) and carnabauwax for two week straight every evening. After those two weeks finish it off with the shoe cream and make sure to keep polishing them regularly and especially take care of places where the shoes bend while walking, like where the toe meets the shoe. and ofcourse he advised explicitly to wear the gently. (well were not gentlemen for nothing right? ;p) He didnt say nothing about the soles. I definitly think he would be able to resole these when then would get worn eventually. As far as the heels i will keep my eyes peeled for that. thanks for the tip!
By the way that first cobbler made a black wax stain on the virgin black leather as well. when i went back to notify him he just put some grey wax on top of that. (such Barbarism) at home it took my mom forever to get that stain out. But she did.
(love my moms)
Virgin White that is ofcourse....
In both hats & shoes we seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet. You make a good point Eric when you say: "Blue shoes look so special paired with the correct stuff." Much can be said about green. Tina gave me a surprise Christmas gift of the fabric that she will turn into trousers, it's a fabulous khaki. You can see it in the: "Bring me baggy trousers," thread. Those trousers, when finished, need that special pair of shoes, what the French describe as: "je ne sais quoi!" And I have found them, better still the trader has a premises less than an hour's drive away.
What it needs now is a hat like Bob Hufford's green Cavanagh to complete the outfit.