*Hand-Sewn, Bespoke LEE KEE Olive Green”Yuma” Style Moc., Circa 1970: 43-43,5D

480.00

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  • “Yuma” Style Moccasin-Loafer
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    von dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher
    Lee Kee
    Euro 480

    Die alten Asienkenner unter uns werden sich vielleicht an Lee Kee 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:

    43-43,5D Ein massangefertigter Schuh, der keine Grössen-Markierung hat, nur das Etikett des Herstellers trägt. Nach meinen präzisen Messungen handelt es sich um eine europäische 43-43,5D.....(UK 9E.....US 10D), fuer den mittel-breiten fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

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

  • “Yuma” Style Moccasin-Loafer
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    by Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker
    Lee Kee
    Euro 480

    The old Asia hands among us will remember Lee Kee, the custom shoemaker 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 Lee Kee’s workers were eating what did not go into the shoes, but we were spared that sight in his pristine showroom 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, his handwork is a testament to the skill of his 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, not Goodyear welted but hand sewn, as is the vamp from end to end, reinforcing it at the weak point of every loafer, where the sides meet the vamp. This loafer sends every other loafer to school. Finally, it is important to note this is a direct and accurate copy of Florsheim’s most famous and well-loved loafer of the mid-century, and the one much in demand today by collectors, the “Yuma”. Evidently an American client of Lee Kee’s ordered his beloved loafer in a colour -olive green- that Florsheim did not produce. One-of-a-kind!


    Size Details:

    US 10D.........UK9E.......Continental 43-43,5D. As a custom made shoe there is no marking other than the maker’s label, however my precise measurements determine the shoe size as noted.

    Shoe Condition:

    Although at least 30 years old, these shoes are in superb condition with original sole and heel lightly worn.

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