*JOHNSTON & MURPHY Aristocraft SHELL CORDOVAN Derby; 45E (11.5E US) (repaired)
Vintage Shell Cordovan Plain Front Derby
Johnston & Murphy
Euro 180 (see condition below)
The Aristocraft line was Johnston & Murphy’s top product for many decades. Goodyear welted, of course, with additional 360degree split-reverse-welt (storm welt). The best pieces of Horween Shell are reserved for what is, practically speaking, a “wholecut” shoe, that is to say, a shoe who’s upper is made from one piece of leather. Unlike the Full Brogue made from several smaller pieces of leather, imperfections cannot be tolerated or worked around in the plain front shoe. Indeed, the piece of leather chosen for this shoe presents a warmth of colour superior to most, even among the other leathers produced by the world’s best cordovan tannery, Horween of Chicago; an even textured, close-grained hide of unsurpassed and unsurpassable quality.
Size Details:US 11.5E…..UK10.5F…..European 45E, for the medium to somewhat wider foot.
Soles lighly worn. Heels showing wear. But this si a much repaired shoe, both at the heel counters and at the side of the right shoe, repairs inside and out. See close-ups. Althoug hardly visible except upon close inspection, these shoes are imperfect, thus prices at a third to a quarter of their normal price. Sold without trees or guarantee.