+Hand-Made, Bespoke MAYLIN, Hong Kong, Forest Green ALLIGATOR Penny Loafer: US 9D (42D)


  • Forest Green Alligator Penny loafer
    Custom Made – Circa 1980
    by Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker
    Euro 860

    The old Asia hands among us will remember bot Maylin and Lee Kee, the custom shoemakers in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Their shoes represented the height of luxury, not to mention prices, and they specialized in exotic reptile leathers, alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and the forbidden giant sea turtle, listed elsewhere in the website. I have no doubt that somewhere in the outer districts of the city their workers were eating what did not go into the shoes, but we were spared that sight in their pristine showrooms in the Peninsula. Since the 1950’s and the occupation of Shanghai by the Red forces, Hong Kong, long the Eastern outpost of the British Empire, became the Mecca for tailoring, dressmaking and shoemaking to the European trade, and the premiere destination for exacting shoppers in the Orient. Lee Kee, occupying the most prominent shop, in the most prominent location in the most luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, naturally garnered much of this elevated trade. And deservedly, their handwork is a testament to the skill of their workmen and this present shoe is a prime example of bespoke shoemaking at its very finest.

    This shoe is made to measure. Not every custom-made shoe is really hand made, but this one is. The color, a lovely dark forest green is almost never to be seen in this sumptuous material. One can fairly say, one-of-a-kind! If you are going to wear this model, a perfectly relaxed penny loafer, why not have it be one that is elevated to new heights in luxurious alligator!

    Size Details:

    US 9D.........UK8E.......Continental 42D. As a custom made shoe there is no marking other than the maker’s label and customer order number, however my precise measurements determine the shoe size as noted.

    Shoe Condition:

    Superb!!!! Although at least 40 years old, these shoes are in superb condition with original sole and heel almost unworn.

  • Alligator Penny Loafer
    Custom Made
    von dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher
    Euro 860

    Die alten Asienkenner unter uns werden sich vielleicht an Lee Kee oder Maylin erinnern, den Schuhmacher in der Lobby des Peninsula Hotels in Hongkong. Seine Schuhe repräsentierten die Spitze des Luxus, nicht zu reden von seine Preisen! Er war auf exotische Leder spezialisiert: Alligatoren-Leder, Krokodil, Eidechse, Schlange und die geschützte Meeres-Schildkroete, die Sie hier in der Website sehen können. Ich habe keinen Zweifel, dass damals in anderen Stadtvierteln von Hongkong wohl manch einer von Lee Kee’s Arbeitern das gegessen hat, was nicht in die Schuhe verarbeitet wurde……aber dieser Anblick wurde uns in der eleganten Lobby des Hotels wohl erspart.

    Dieser massangefertigte Schuh jenes berühmten Schuhmacher-Meisters zeigt alle Details feinster Handwerkskunst eines antiken, von Hand gearbeiteten, Schuhs.

    Size Details:

    42D Ein massangefertigter Schuh, der keine Grössen-Markierung hat, nur das Etikett des Herstellers trägt. Nach meinen präzisen Messungen handelt es sich um eine europäische 42D........UK 8E.....US 9D, fuer den mittel-breiten Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Sehr fein.. Obwohl die Schuhe nahezu 40 Jahre alt sind, sind sie in ausgezeichnetem, nahezu neuem Zustand.

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