*Mid-20th Century GOLD BOND U.S. Marine Corps Officer’s SHELL CORDOVAN Derby: 41D
€380.00SOLD to Mr. S. K. PS116
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Derbys, Militaria, Shell Cordovan
U. S. Marine Corps
Military Spec. Officer’s Uniform Blucher
Many American manufacturer competed for lucrative government contracts for Service Specification shoes and boots and for entry into this demanding area of the trade. “Mil-Spec” footwear, then as today, had to pass rigorous testing for durability, resistance to petroleum products, anti-sparking properties (in high fire-risk environments, for instance, on flight decks or motor pools) and anti-skid properties (for instance, aboard ship), not to mention smart appearance and easy maintenance so important to military personnel.
This is such a shoe, simple, straight-forward, handsome and indestructible; a true “find” for any gentleman, the type worn F4U Corsair pilots and others in WWII and Korea and made to military specifications, including 360 degree storm welt. Most important, this pre-dates the Corps’ modern conversion to black shoes. much bemoaned by old-timers.
Size Details:US 8D.....UK 7E.....Continental 41D, for the mid-width foot.
Very lightly worn. Original sole with toes renewed. Contemporary "O'Sullivan" all rubber heels, also very lightly worn.