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The 174 pages, in the catalog, The London Look Fashion from Street to Catwalk with numerous full color illustrations, chart the fashion history from the early 1800’s until about the end of the Twentieth Century, as it pertained to London, Great Britain. (ISBN 0300-10399-9 cloth).
I put down the book at the page where I found these very 1930’s shoes pictured below to write this post. These two-toned men’s oxfords on the left and the brown suede shoes from the late thirties on the right were made by C.W. Horrell Co. of Northamptonshire.
These types of shoes will never go out of style. They remind us when wearing them what quality is all about. It does not matter if they are made in London or somewhere else in the United Kingdom, or in the case of these shoes made for Barneys made in the United States by one of the few remaining “real cordwainers” or shoe manufacturers. For good measure have a look at this late fifties or early sixties pair like what you would see in the movie West Side Story, perhaps made by the a now long defunct Massachusetts company of fame: the John E. Lucey. A three eyelet Derby with fine pinking and broguing in a fabulous soft, perhaps can you image, exotic leather.
Can you imagine going to the office in these vintage shell cordovan leather ” six eyelet long wings” made by the Hanover Company in that dark cordovan color known to some as color 986 by Alden. Trust me I wear them.Yes, in some countries it is definitely not polite to show your “soles” but in this case here are the handset nails, the original V cleat, the oak bark triple soles for those “fanatics” among you.As a personal choice, I prefer the flat waxed laces with these. Off now reading the rest of the book on fashion.