*Important Antique WOOLF & REYNOLDS Spade Sole Spectator, Circa 1920: 41.5D (US 8.5D)
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Oxfords, Spectators, Suede/Wildleder
Woolf & Reynolds
Since 1908, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Spade Sole Cap-Toe Oxford Brogue Spectator
As lovely a shoe as we are likely to see outside of a museum, indeed itself a museum piece, and in excellent completely original condition. With hand sewn welt in contrasting twine, tan calfskin over cream coloured suede of velour quality not seen today, this is both a design masterpiece and a paragon of craftsmanship, a model and an artwork to which even the best modern shoes can only aspire.
Woolf & Reynolds was a purveyor of luxury men’s clothing and operated from their own building, a Classical Revival Chicago Style building on Bond Street, Johnstown, PA, built 1908. These shoes were made for them and rebranded; the shoemaker is unknown but there can be no doubt that they came from a workshop of the most elevated 19th century hand-craftsmanship.
Today, almost 100 years later, the artisans of our age continue to be inspired by such masterpieces as this….and they are yet to surpass this great ancestor. Moreover, these shoes are a testament to the claim that well made shoes, properly cared for, last indefinitely. Here is the example, still suitable for practical use, even though, I should hope, only on those occasions that they can be shown and appreciated. In truth, they are destined for the museum, the stage, or the collection of the passionate scholar or aficionado.
Colour: Tan over cream. (The suede may show as white in the photos but it is in fact a lovely warm cream colour.
Size Details:US 8.5D.....(UK 7.5E)..... (Continental 41.5D), for the medium width foot.
All original and near new.