*BARRIE Ltd., SHELL CORDOVAN Full Brogue OXFORD: 43-43-5D/E

360.00

SOLD to Mr. L. D., Lausanne
  • Barrie Ltd., New Haven
    “Made in England”
    Shell Cordovan
    Full Wing-Tip Oxford Brogue
    Euro 360

    The idea behind cordovan, the reason it has been so admired by American gentlemen for 100 years and, more recently, by European gentlemen, is not only for its well-known qualities of durability and weather resistance but for the unequaled patina it develops over the years and repeated polishings. It has been said that nothing is as good as new cordovan except old cordovan, and the truth of that saying is to be seen in this present pair of shoes. The patina can be compared to that of old mahogany furniture, furniture that cannot be bought but must be inherited. And so it is with these shoes- most likely from the 1950s- unless you are very old, you can only have inherit them from an elegant relative who wore them for half a century before handing them down to the next generation. Of course, for the boys –and I call them “boys” pointedly- who must have the latest style, these shoes have no meaning whereas for the gentleman for whom antiquity and tradition are everything, these shoes have no equal.

    Barrie Ltd., for whom these shoes were made in England, was an American retailer located in New Haven and serving the YaleUniversity and local business communities for three generations. They imported and re-branded the finest of ready-made English shoes. I would put their offerings on a par in quality with today’s English-made Brooks Brothers shoes, the so-called Peal & Co. line, which shares many earmarks with John Lobb’s ready-mades, in short, a top quality ready-made shoe. For a more complete history of Barrie Ltd., read below.

    Barrie Ltd.,
    ……on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoe made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by YaleUniversity’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed. To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of reasonable quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory -rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Benettons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?

    Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English shoes, their wonderfully archaic free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family itself, manning the store for all those years, will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus. One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those “national” stores) and the students look shabby.” Quite right, David, quite right.


    Size Details:

    US 10D/E…..UK 9E/F……European 43-43.5D/E, for the mid-width to somewhat wider foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Superb, newly restored with half soles and heels, unworn. Goodyear welted.

  • Barrie Ltd., New Haven
    “Made in England”
    Shell Cordovan
    Full Wing-Tip Oxford Brogue
    Euro 360

    Ich würde deren Angebote, was Qualität und die Fabrikation angeht, durchaus mit den moderen englischen Fabrikaten von “Brooks Brothers” gleichsetzen – der sogenannten “Peal & Co-Line”, die wiederum vieles mit John Lobb’s Konfektion-Produkten gemein hat- kurz also: ein Top-Qualitäts-Schuh. Barrie Ltd. haben der Yale University und New Haven-Business-Community für Generationen gedient und haben gleichzeitig eine sehr traditionsverbundene und im besten Sinn “konservative” Serie angeboten. Stilistisch ist der Full Brogue Oxford umwerfend klar und elegant und als “Oxblood” Exemplar passend sowohl zum Abend-Anzug als auch zum Business-Attire.


    Size Details:

    US 10D/E…..UK 9E/F……European 43-43.5D/E, für den mittel-breit bis etwas breitered Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Exzellent, restauriert, neu Sohle und Absatz nicht getragen. Rahmengenäht.

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