*Neuwertig Antik, PRE-WAR FLORSHEIM Kangaroo Cap-Toe Oxford, Circa 1940: 42D
€620.00SOLD to Sheik N. A., United Arab Emirates
Size: 42-42.5 [US.9-9.5] [UK 8-8.5]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, 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 1940s, having seen little use and hardly having been exposed to sunlight, retains it original warm medium brown colour unchanged. With its characteristic contrasting stitching of the welt, this is a handsome and well-made shoe, an original that defines the type, even to this day. 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 9D.....UK 8E.....Continental 42D, for the medium width foot.
Near new, worn once or twice. Another identical pair was sold recently, making this the last vintage pair available. Sold without trees.