*Neuwertig Antik, PRE-WAR FLORSHEIM Kangaroo 6-Eyelet Cap-Toe Oxford, Circa 1930: 41D (US 8D)
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Exotic Leathers, Oxfords
6-Eyelet, Cap-Toe Oxford
The history of Kangaroo skin in the making of shoes is over 100 years old, with the apogee of its use being in the early part of the 20th century. Kangaroo skin outlasts calf skin in its resistance to drying and cracking and a surprising number of examples of shoes in this material exist after 80 or more years, while most calfskin shoes of that vintage have long become unwearable. With it strong fine grain, Kangaroo leather develops a lovely patina over time and use, although this present pair, most likely dating from 1920s, having seen little use and hardly having been exposed to sunlight, retains it original warm medium brown colour unchanged. (The pictures show it as a little lighter colour than actual.)
With its characteristic hand-sewn, contrasting colour stitching of the welt, this is among the early originals, the grandfather, so to speak, of the modern gentleman’s shoe in fashion for more than a century. Something of a “find” too, in this extraordinarily good, near new, condition, this Florsheim heritage piece is an eminently wearable collector’s item for the advanced collector,
Size Details:US 8D.....UK 7E.....Continental 41D, for the medium width foot.
New new, worn once.