Neuwertig – LEE KEE BESPOKE Suede WHOLECUT Oxford: 41D

420.00

  • 5-Ösen Wholecut Oxford
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    von dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher
    Lee Kee
    Euro 420

    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.


    Size Details:

    41D. Ein massangefertigter Schuh, der keine Grössen-Markierung hat, nur das Etikett des Herstellers trägt. Nach meinen präzisen Messungen handelt es sich um eine europäische 41D (UK 7E.....US 8D), für den mittelbreiten Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Obwohl die Schuhe nahezu 50 Jahre alt sind, sind sie in ausgezeichnetem, nahezu neuem Zustand. Sie zeigen keinerlei Gebrauchsspuren und am allerwichtigsten: das Leder ist weich und biegsam und wie neu.

  • 5-Eyelet Wholecut Oxford
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    by Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker
    Lee Kee
    Euro 420

    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 built over a steel shank and hand sewn into a closed channel; made to measure, of course. The “wholecut” shoe tests the shoemakers skill by requiring the molding a single piece of leather for the entire top over a last. The effect of the wholecut in suede is delightful, a subdued yet entirely charming overall effect in a daytime shoe.


    Size Details:

    UK 7E….US 8D…..Continental 41D, for the medium width foot. 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.

    Shoe Condition:

    Although almost 50 years old, these shoes are in essentially new condition, showing no appreciable wear and, most important, the leather, of the finest grade to begin with, is supple and soft as new.

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