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Stefanobi Norvegese Penny Loafer
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The specs are 40's Florsheim. They have seen some hard wear and my cobbler and I have worked them ready for public wear.

Wow, just amazing. Look at the high spi on those soles. Probably hand welted too.

Those ventilated shoes above are impressive too. I often wonder how ventilated these types of shoes are when many are fully lined. Are yours fully lined in leather, or half canvass?

You are very fortunate to own these vintage shoes. I had the chance to amass a collection but l never did it back in the day, sadly those times have now passed. Doesn't matter though, l am happy with what l have. Some of those old shoes are better made than anything made today including Lattanzi, they were made to last forever...thinking of the old Crosby spades from the 40's that l own.
 

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Thanks sir. I do feel fortunate. Like your experience the vintage shoes are, mostly, incredible quality. The simple details make such a difference.

Truth, I try to gently wear the vintage shoes. Almost all my vintage shoes have new heels and many sole protectors. I was out with one of my first vintage pairs and my heels just disintegrated. Duh! Being an educated engineer I do carry a pair of modern shoes in the trunk of my auto when I am out for shenanigans. My vintage shoes are delightfully cared for. Like your are with your special shoes, I am careful with my shoes. This said I only buy shoes I will wear. This rule has excluded some pairs over the years.

The vented shoes are not lined. If you hold them to the light, you can see through them like a Panama hat.

Cheers, Eric

Wow, just amazing. Look at the high spi on those soles. Probably hand welted too.

Those ventilated shoes above are impressive too. I often wonder how ventilated these types of shoes are when many are fully lined. Are yours fully lined in leather, or half canvass?

You are very fortunate to own these vintage shoes. I had the chance to amass a collection but l never did it back in the day, sadly those times have now passed. Doesn't matter though, l am happy with what l have. Some of those old shoes are better made than anything made today including Lattanzi, they were made to last forever...thinking of the old Crosby spades from the 40's that l own.

As to the spi, man some of the vintage shoes rule!!! I have a pair of 40’s Edward Green spade shoes sold at Bullocks in CA that has an ungodly SPI.

Perhaps not mentioned enough is the instep curves, soles curve and arch curves of the master shoe craftsman. Crazy to say, but I do see them as gorgeous. Time and effort to make these details was enormous. Today these details would be incredibly expensive.

Eric-

Details do matter.
 

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Wow, just amazing. Look at the high spi on those soles. Probably hand welted too.

Those ventilated shoes above are impressive too. I often wonder how ventilated these types of shoes are when many are fully lined. Are yours fully lined in leather, or half canvass?

You are very fortunate to own these vintage shoes. I had the chance to amass a collection but l never did it back in the day, sadly those times have now passed. Doesn't matter though, l am happy with what l have. Some of those old shoes are better made than anything made today including Lattanzi, they were made to last forever...thinking of the old Crosby spades from the 40's that l own.
My spades are around 80 years old and I wear them to work, I had to have a sole delicately re-glued on one this year and I have owned them for like 15 years! Putting a Topy years ago prevented any sole damage.
 

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