*Fine Vintage FRANK BROTHERS Spade Sole, Oxford Spectator: 42D/E
€650.00SOLD to Mr. R. C., Salt Lake City
Size: 42-42.5 [US.9-9.5] [UK 8-8.5]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Oxfords, Spectators
488 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Since 1939, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Spade Sole, 6-Eyelet Cap-Toe Oxford
Frank Brothers, exclusive haberdashers and designers of footwear for both men and women, was established in 1865. Their shoes were sold at their own Frank Brothers shoe shops, their main store at 488 Fifth Avenue in New York, and a handful of ultra-high end men’s clothing stores such as Larrimores’s in Pittsburgh (still in operation after more than 70 years).
This particular shoe is a fine example of their earlier, traditional last, the spade sole of the pre-war era. The hand-written serial numbers strongly suggest a special make-up for Ditto’s shop. Whether a special order shoe or not, this is a classically lasted shoe, an elegant, elongated model to flatter the foot, finely finished and in a lovely white suede under black trim. The double line of brogueing at the wing and in the suede add elegant decoration to an overall wonderfully traditional model.
This is an extremely well made shoe. Please notice the channeled and skived welt (as with the best bespoke shoes) with hand-set, horse-shoe nailed heels.
Size Details:marked US 9 D....UK 8E.....Continental 42 D but by my measurements, this is a rather generous last, so more like an "E", slightly wide fitting.
Original soles and heels very lightly worn, thus FINE!. Sold without trees.