*NEW – Antik, PRE-WAR FLORSHEIM Kangaroo Cap-Toe Oxford, Circa 1940: 42D
Size: 42-42.5 [US.9-9.5] [UK 8-8.5]
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 1940s, having seen no 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, absolutely new, condition, this Florsheim heritage piece is an eminently wearable collector’s item for the advanced collector,
Size: US 9D…..UK 8E…..Continental 42D, for the medium width foot.
Condition: New, never worn, never laced. (another identical pair very slightly worn is available too.). Sold without trees.