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Bespoke LEE KEE Tuczek Style Gusseted Norweger Loafer: 44.5-45WIDE

[English below]                                                                        Artikelnummer: LK37
Two-Leather Tuczek Style Gusseted Norweger-Loafer
Custom Made - Circa 1980
 von dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher
Lee Kee
Euro 440

Die alten Asienkenner unter uns werden sich vielleicht an Lee Kee erinnern, den Schuhmacher in der Lobby des Peninsula Hotels in Hongkong. Seine Schuhe repräsentierten die Spitze des Luxus, nicht zu reden von seine Preisen! Er war auf exotische Leder spezialisiert: Alligatoren-Leder, Krokodil, Eidechse, Schlange und die geschützte Meeres-Schildkroete, die Sie hier in der Website sehen können. Ich habe keinen Zweifel, dass damals in anderen Stadtvierteln von Hongkong wohl manch einer von Lee Kee's Arbeitern das gegessen hat, was nicht in die Schuhe verarbeitet wurde......aber dieser Anblick wurde uns in der eleganten Lobby des Hotels wohl erspart.

Dieser massangefertigte Schuh jenes berühmten Schuhmacher-Meisters zeigt alle Details feinster Handwerkskunst eines antiken, von Hand gearbeiteten, Schuhs.

Zustand: Neuwertig. Obwohl die Schuhe nahezu 30 Jahre alt sind, sind sie in ausgezeichnetem, nahezu neuem Zustand.

Grösse: 44,5-45 BREIT. Ein massangefertigter Schuh, der keine Grössen-Markierung hat, nur das Etikett des Herstellers trägt. Nach meinen präzisen Messungen handelt es sich um eine europäische 44,5-45EE.....(UK 10-10.5G.....US 11-11.5EE), fuer den BREITEN fuss.

 

Two-Leather Tuczek Style Gusseted Norwegian-Loafer
 Custom Made - Circa 1980
by Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker
Lee Kee
Euro 440

This is a breathtaking shoe and it also a piece of history beyond price. The gusseted side elastic is in the tradition of the great master Nikolaus Tuczek, late of #17 Clifford Street, W1.  For an example from the old Lobb catalogue of what they name "Tuczek Style", see: www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalogue/fullsize_images/Website_shoes_boots/Websiteshoes/Mensshoes/Elasticsidedshoes/Elasticsidesplain/elastic_plain_3.htm,  Mr. John Hunter Lobb confirmed to me in a phone conversation that, "We took over the remnant of Tuczek in 1968."  There can be little doubt that the style of this shoe owes much to that past master.

The old Asia hands among us will remember Lee Kee, the custom shoemaker in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Their shoes represented the height of luxury, not to mention prices, and they specialized in exotic reptile leathers, alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and the forbidden giant sea turtle, listed elsewhere in the website.  I have no doubt that somewhere in the outer districts of the city Lee Kee’s workers were eating what did not go into the shoes, but we were spared that sight in his pristine showroom in the Peninsula. Since the 1950’s and the occupation of Shanghai by the Red forces, Hong Kong, long the Eastern outpost of the British Empire, became the Mecca for tailoring, dressmaking and shoemaking to the European trade, and the premiere destination for exacting shoppers in the Orient.  Lee Kee, occupying the most prominent shop, in the most prominent location in the most luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, naturally garnered much of this elevated trade. And deservedly, his handwork is a testament to the skill of his workmen and this present shoe is a prime example of bespoke shoemaking at its very finest.

This shoe is made to measure. Not every custom-made shoe is really hand made, but this one is, not Goodyear welted but hand sewn. Finally and of great importance, please notice that the vamp and the side inserts are made or fine Scotch Grain while the toe, sides, heel-cap, and even the gussets are all made from one piece of smooth leather, as in a “wholecut”. This is what is meant by “attention to detail” and it is the attention to a high level of esthetics only available in a bespoke shoe. Client and shoemaker sat down and designed this shoe; there is no other of its kind. My old clients know what I mean when I say “this shoe has my highest recommendation.”

Condition: Although at least 30 years old, these shoes are in superb condition with original sole and heel lightly worn.    

Size: UK 10-10.5G…....US 11-11.5EE…….Continental 44-44.5D. As a custom made shoe there is no marking other than the maker’s label, however my precise measurements determine the shoe size as noted. This is a WIDE fitting shoe.

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