*Antique PRE-WAR KENT/BLANDER Kangaroo Boot, Circa 1910:43-43.5D
Size: 43-43.5 [US. 10] [UK 9]
Styles: Boots/Stiefel, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Evening/Formal, Exotic Leathers, Oxfords
Important Antique American
5-Eyelet, 4-Hook Balmoral Boot
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 very little use and hardly having been exposed to sunlight, retains it original intense black colour unchanged.
It is perhaps inaccurate to call this 5-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, 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 remarkable condition. This heritage piece is an eminently wearable collector’s item for the advanced collector.
Size Details:US 10D.......UK 9E.....Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.
Showing very little wear to original soles and heels. Tops excellent, showing the characteristic creasing of kangaroo leather.