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*Fine Vintage COLE-HAAN SHELL CORDOVAN Saddle Oxford, Circa 1970:44D

Artikelnummer: 3814037SC
Two-Tone Shell Cordovan Saddle Oxford
by
Cole-Haan
Circa 1970
Euro 480
The present shoe, a Two-tone Saddle Oxford, defined the American university style from the 1920's and 1930’s but has never gone out of style, indeed is enjoying a resurgence of interest today, no doubt because it (literally) walks the line between a dressy shoe (because of the plain toe) and a sporting shoe (because of the University and Golf traditions behind this model).
For those lucky enough to fine a pair, the classic Cole-Haan shoes of the 1980’s and earlier will be the prize in their collections. Wonderful shoes, made with the traditional painstaking techniques and using the best leathers money could buy, in this case, Shell Cordovan of supreme quality from Horween of Chicago, the best tanner of cordovan, then and now.
Size: US 10.5D.…..UK 9.5E…..European 44D, for the medium width foot.
Condition: Original soles and restored heels showing the slightest wear.
 
Some history: Researching the Cole-Haan logo on the internet you will find endless palaver about the firms changing hands in the last 30 years and the various logos set forth by the various owners, each seeking to update and modernize the brand. What you will not find is the original Cole-Haan logo shown in the last picture of this listing.
As with many other American shoemakers, but for some periods where truly fine imports were included in their inventory, Cole-Haan’s trend has been inexorably downward since 1988 when the firm was devoured by the giant Nike, an acquisition emblematic of the general trend in America of consolidation of industries. The result, as in this case, is often that the individuality, the defining characteristics, in short, the fineness of the smaller establishment is submerged in the larger. Indeed it is often merely the name or the distribution network that the new owner is buying; the products, the quality, the American manufacturing facilities and the employees of the classic firm made redundant  are of little interest to the new owners.
Cole-Haan was resold in 2012 to Apax Partners, an investment group with diverse interests. With a certain degree of independence now Cole-Haan may flourish again –one of the great old American shoemakers- the results are not yet conclusive. 
 
Two-Tone Shell Cordovan Saddle Oxford
von
Cole-Haan
Circa 1970
Euro 480
Diese Paar wurde von dem grossen amerikanische Schuhmacher Cole-Haan hergestellt. Die Leisten des Schuhes sind kompromisslos und absolut und sofort an Ihrem hohen Massanfertigungs-Standard erkennbar. Und nicht jeder hat einen Saddle Oxford hergestellt; ein rein amerikanischer Universitäs-Stil aus den 1920ern. Wie alle Saddle Oxfords beschreitet er (buchstäblich) die schmale Linie zwischen einem eleganten Schuh (vor allem wegen des "plain toe") und einem sportlichen Schuh (wegen seiner legendären Universitäts-und Golfsporttradition). 
Der Goodyear welted-rahmengenähte Oxford scheint mit einem Leisten gemacht zu sein, der für den amerikanischen Fuss passender und robuster ist.  Letztendlich eine gute "Heirat" zwischen Form und Qualität. Goodyear welted.  
Grösse: 44D.... (UK 9.5E....US 10.5D), fuer den mittelbreiten Fuss
Zustand: Orginal-Sohle und Absatz seht leicht getragen.  
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