*NEW–Historic Circa 1900, SELBY 17-Eyelet Gentleman’s Balmoral Boot: US 8 Narrow (41 Narrow)


  • Selby
    Arch Preserver
    Important Historic
    Gentleman’s 17-Eyelet, Balmoral (Oxford) Boot
    Circa 1915
    Euro 1240

    At the turn of the 20th century, Charles Henry Brown developed new techniques for measuring the foot and for the fitting of shoes. The product manufactured in accordance with these principles was marketed as “Arch Preserver” shoes.  Brown was granted patents for lasts and shoes in 1915 and shortly after entered into an agreement with the Selby Shoe Company, under which the company was licensed to use the patents and trade-marks involved. Selby marketed its products through approximately 2500 retail stores, with production of Arch Preserver shoes reaching 1,276,931, by 1926. Evidence of the existence of the firm into the 1950, is found in the form of print advertising.

    This shoe/boot was the standard version of the gentleman’s footwear at the beginning of the 20th century, predating the low slung “half shoe” we wear today.

    Size Details:

    US 8 Narrow…….European 41 Narrow………UK 7 Narrow. [This would also fit a lady, size 10 Lady's US, or smaller.]

    Shoe Condition:

    New and unworn with a few trivial blemishes from storage. These shoes are a wearable museum piece for the advanced collector with a very narrow foot.

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