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P1050251The purchase of this wonderful record cover, a collector’s item for the shoe fanatic, made me reflect a bit on the number of fashion posts I have written so far. This particular pair of plain toe oxfords with the six eyelets are true vintage.

Rummaging through a few of the various shoe boxes in my closet, I decided finally to wear-in these vintage Scotchgrain black calf Florsheim Imperials recently rebuilt with a fresh set of V-cleats and a real Rendenbach leather heel, the finest oak barked tanned leather heel, your money can buy from Germany.

P1050207I am lucky to know a true European Champion Master Shoemaker. He rebuilt this pair for me at an acceptable price. I know he can’t wait to get his hands on those real cordovan shell full brogues Imperials I own.

P1050206Styles repeat themselves, if you wait long enough, and in those boxes I discovered two forgotten pairs of shoes with a fifties European, almost Austrian look, similar to shoes made by Ludwig Reiter. The one eyelet look was used in the fifties and early sixties. These whole cut derby models provide superb comfort for a wider foot.


P1050235For that really high end fashion look you could not do much better than this pair of Corneliani ankle boots ready for the broker’s office or with a pair of jeans sipping an espresso in Milan. If you prefer a pair of Santoni’s that is alright with me.


P1050229One way to emphasize your personality could be with a Borsalino beaver felt hat. This brown Borsalino dating from 1958, as I bought it with the original purchase receipt from the old owner, is in a near new condition.

P1030696P1030698Perhaps you would like to sit back with your feet up or legs properly crossed so as to display your shoes at the culture cafe, and enjoy a read about autumn fabrics like tweeds from this wonderful website .