*Vintage Bespoke LEE KEE Black SHELL CORDOVAN Derby (Blucher): 43-43.5D

340.00

  • Black Shell Cordovan
    5-Eyelet Plain Front Derby (Blucher)
    Bespoke-Custom Made – Circa 1980
    by
    Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker

    Lee Kee
    Euro 340

    This shoe is made to measure in finest Black Shell Cordovan, a classic derby, entirely hand sewn, with an additional 360 degree split reverse welt (storm welt).

    About Lee Kee: 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.


    Size Details:

    By my measurements: US 10D.......UK 9E.......Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Showing very little wear to bottoms, none to the shell cordovan tops but some of the edge piping shows imperfections.

  •  Black Shell Cordovan
    5-Eyelet Plain Front Derby (Blucher)
    Bespoke-Custom Made – Circa 1980
    von
    dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher

    Lee Kee
    Euro 340

    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:

    US 10D.......UK 9E.......Continental 43-43.5D, fuer den mittel-breiten Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Sehr leicht getragen, oben auch extra fein, imperfektionen am "piping".

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