NEW – HANOVER (U.S.A.) SHELL CORDOVAN Tassel Loafer, Circa 1980: 44,5E


SOLD to Mr. A. F., Stockholm.
  • Shell Cordovan – Pferdeleder
    Tassel Loafer / Slipper
    des herausragenden amerikanischen Traditionshauses
    Barrie Ltd
    Circa 1980
    Euro 580

    Dieses Paar wurde, circa 1975-1980, von dem grossen amerikanischen Schuhmacher Hanover hergestellt. Hanover hat einen Schuh nach absolutem Massanfertigungs-Standard produziert und ist von einer Qualität,die höher ist als fast alles, was man auf dem heutigen Markt finden kann. Die Leisten des Schuhes sind kompromisslos und absolut und sofort an Ihrem hohen Massanfertigungs-Standard erkennbar. Von hundert Schuhen im Laufe eines Jahres treffe ich auf höchstens 3 oder 4 Exemplare dieser wunderbaren „vintage“ Pferdeleder-Hanover. Daher kann man sie durchaus als Rarität bezeichnen, sowohl was den Sammlerwert als auch was die Qualität betrifft.

    Von den 200 amerikanischen Schuhmachern, die es zu Beginn des vergangenen Jahrhunderts in Neu England gab, ist leider nur eine Handvoll übriggeblieben: Bostonian, Cole-Haan, Allen Edmonds, Alden, und J&M gehören zu den wenigen, die diese Schuhe noch herstellen. Der rahmengenähte Tassel Loafer scheint mit einem Leisten gemacht zu sein, der für den amerikanischen Fuss passender und robuster ist. Letztendlich eine gute “Heirat” zwischen Form und Qualität.

    Barrie Ltd. haben der Yale University und New Haven-Business-Community für Generationen gedient und haben gleichzeitig eine sehr traditionsverbundene und im besten Sinn “konservative” Serie angeboten.

    Käufer zahlt EUR 6,90 Versandkosten als versichertes Paket. Verkauf ohne Schuhspanner.

    Size Details:

    Eine Standard-deutsche 44,5E (eine amerikanische 11E....UK 10F), für den etwas breiteren Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Neu und ungetragen. Orginal-Hanover Karton.

  • Shell Cordovan Tassel Loafer / Slipper
    by the great traditional American shoemaker
    Special Order
    Barrie Ltd
    Circa 1980
    Euro 580

    Out of the over 200 American Shoemakers clustered around New England at the start of the 20 Century, only a handful remain, among them Bostonian, Cole-Haan, J &M and, here in Europe, the better known Alden and Allen-Edmonds. The great Florsheim and Bostonian exist today as marketing firms, the bulk of their wares being produced off-shore. Lamentable. Hanover too is reduced to producing inexpensive machine made mocassins and sneakers, a far cry from the excellent hand-finished shoes for which they were once known and of which the present shoe is a prime example.

    The Hanover Loafer in this listing, dating from the late-1970 or early 1980, appears to have been produced in the custom workrooms of this once great shoemaker. Hanover, like Florsheim, Cordwainer, Nunn-Bush and others, even taking orders for custom shoes, extremely desirable rarities today. This pair, although marked for size, appears to be on that custom level, utilizing the finest Horween (Chicago) Cordovan leather and Goodyear welted (of course). A special order for Barrie Ltd and unlike the usual Hanover one-piece rubber heel, it has a superior McAfee style dove-tail heel with rubber inset.This is a marvelous classic model in the old tradition of workmanship, a handsome and extremely durable shoe, equal to the great Florsheim Imperials and superior, in my view, to the contemporary Alden or Allen Edmonds cordovans in the 5-600 Euro catgory.

    About Barrie Ltd.

    Barrie Ltd., on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoe and American cordovans made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by Yale University’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed.

    To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory –rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Bennetons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?

    Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English and American shoes, their free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family manning the store for all those years will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus.

    One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those “national” stores) and the students look shabby.” Quite right, David, quite right.

    Size Details:

    11E US.....11 F UK, European 44,5E, for the somewhat wider foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    New and unworn, in original carton.

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