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Vintage American Shoes and Classic Boots:

We Specialize in New Old Stock Shoes and Boots

So many men today purchase new, glued or blake-stitched shoes at incredibly high prices. Most of these shoes are not capable of being re-soled, break down easily, and are in style only for a season or two.
Classic vintage shoes, such as Cordwainer, Wright, Florsheim, Hanover, Bostonian, Nettleton, Nunn Bush, and the smaller formerly exclusive makers like Edwin Clapp, Crosby Square, Hannan, Martin & Martin, Peter's, Walk Over, Keith Highlander, and a myriad of others, have all gone by the wayside because of their efforts to maintain superb quality in the face of rising costs. These shoes were Goodyear welted (able to be re-soled countless times), often had chaneled, and sometimes spade soles, incredible leathers and skins, and…

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  • Joined December 1, 2010

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Natural leathers, Legal exotic skins, Corfam, Natural fabrics, and fibers

About

Vintage American Shoes and Classic Boots:

We Specialize in New Old Stock Shoes and Boots

So many men today purchase new, glued or blake-stitched shoes at incredibly high prices. Most of these shoes are not capable of being re-soled, break down easily, and are in style only for a season or two.
Classic vintage shoes, such as Cordwainer, Wright, Florsheim, Hanover, Bostonian, Nettleton, Nunn Bush, and the smaller formerly exclusive makers like Edwin Clapp, Crosby Square, Hannan, Martin & Martin, Peter's, Walk Over, Keith Highlander, and a myriad of others, have all gone by the wayside because of their efforts to maintain superb quality in the face of rising costs. These shoes were Goodyear welted (able to be re-soled countless times), often had chaneled, and sometimes spade soles, incredible leathers and skins, and were all hand made by master shoemakers. These shoes--like their British counterparts--have a timeless quality about them. They appeal to the best dressed no matter the generation.
As incredible as it is, the cost of this vintage wearable "art" amounts to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of modern men's dress shoes. You can purchase a great vintage shoe and have it for many, many, years, or you can purchase a cheaply made (even if highly expensive) "modern" shoe, and enjoy it for the season--and then donate it to your local thrift shop.
Vintage shoes should carry a much higher price tag than they do. The fact is, they are a tremendous value. American shoemaking history is a story of incredible artisanship. Like that carried on in Northhampton, England, today, we in America led the world in quality shoemaking at one time. In purchasing vintage shoes, you are purchasing the best in American quality.
You can find Florsheims, Bostonians, Nunn, Bush, and others, that are still being made today. They are, however, only names that have been purchased. Their manufacture is off-shore, with often-times poor quality control, inferior materials, and shoddy workmanship. You have none of these issues when you purchase Vintage American or English shoes.

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