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*NEW - Antique PRE-WAR SPEEDWAY Kangaroo Cap-Toe Boot, Circa 1910:44-44.5D/E

Artikelnummer: 9099Bl
Important Antique American
SPEEDWAY
Kangaroo Hide
6-Eyelet, 4-Hook Cap-Toe Boot
Hand-Sewn Welt
 Circa 1910
Euro 1450
The history of Kangaroo skin in the making of shoes is over 100 years old, with the apogee of its use being in the early part of the 20th century.  Kangaroo skin outlasts calf skin in its resistance to drying and cracking and a surprising number of examples of shoes in this material exist after 80 or more years, while most  calfskin shoes of that vintage have long become unwearable. With it strong fine grain, Kangaroo leather develops a lovely patina over time and use, although this present pair, most likely dating from 1900-1920s, having seen no use and hardly having been exposed to sunlight, retains it original intense black colour unchanged. 
It is perhaps inaccurate to call this 6-Eyelet, 4-Hook Cap-Toe a boot. It is more correctly to be seen as a full sized shoe, made at a time when the over-the-ankle shoe was more common than the "half-shoe" we wear today. Boot or shoe, with its fine hand-sewn welt and steel shank, this is the original and the grandfather, so to speak, of the gentleman's boot so much in fashion and so copied today.  An extraordinary "find" too, in this near perfect unsued condition. , This heritage piece is an eminently wearable collector's item for the advanced collector,
Size: US 10.5-11D/E.......UK 9.5-10E/F.....Continental 44-44.5D/E, for the medium to somewhat wider foot.
Condition: New, never worn.
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