*Fein – FLORSHEIM, African Kudu ANTELOPE, 3-Eyelet Derby, Circa 1960: 44.5-45 WIDE (US 11-11.5 WIDE)
Size: 44-44.5 [US.10.5-11] [UK 9.5-10}, 45-45.5 [US.11.5] [UK 10.5]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Derbys, Exotic Leathers
The FLORSHEIM Shoe
Genuine African Kudu Antelope
3-Eyelet Derby (Blucher), Circa 1960
This is a very unusual material from which to make shoes. The Kudu Antelope, a spiral horned, woodland antelope found in eastern and southern Africa, is now considered to be stable in population and unendangered. It is one of the great exotic leather shoes of yesteryear. Difficulties interpreting and negotiating the varying endangered species legislation of the many countries to which these and other exotics were exported made continuing their manufacture impractical and most were discontinued by the mid-1980s. This example represents the beautiful traditional work still produced at the time. It is fair to say that the one or two Antelope shoes shown in these pages are likely among the last of their kind, certainly the last in this near new condition anywhere. In terms of rarity, in ten years, I have only seen very few pairs in this material that were is a condition of interest to us.
At once dressy and relaxed, this durable, comfortable and overarchingly elegant Derby is worthy of the most advanced collector. Made for the American market, this was a very expensive shoe in its day; today it would priceless. If this shoe is your size, do not hesitate to add it to your collection.
Size Details:UK 10-10.5 WIDE…..US 11-11.5 WIDE……Continental 44.5-45 WIDE, correct for WIDE foot.
Newly restored with a non-slip REGENT "Topy" sole. Original NEOPRENE heels modestly worn.