*Vintage COLE-HAAN Two-Tone, All-Weather Saddle Oxford: 43-43.5D

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  • Two-Tone Saddle Oxford
    by
    Cole-Haan
    Circa 1980

    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 find 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.

    Some history: Researching the Cole-Haan logo on the internet you will find endless palaver about the firm’s 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.

    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.


    Size Details:

    US 10D.…..UK 9E…..European 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Original soles quite worn. Creasing and other marks to the tops.

  • Two-Tone Saddle Oxford
    von
    Cole-Haan
    Circa 1980

    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.


    Size Details:

    43-43.5D.... (UK 9E....US 10D), fuer den mittelbreiten Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Orginal-Sohle und Absatz simlich getragen!

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