*NEW – Important, Historic, Pre-War BOOK SHOES “Spade Sole” Oxford, Cir.1935: US 11D (44,5D)


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  • Book Shoes
    Empire State Building
    New York
    Circa 1931-35
    Antique 6-Eyelet “Spade Sole” Cap-Toe Half Brogue Oxford
    Euro 850

    This is a jobber shoe made for Book Shoes, one of the original super-luxury stores occupying the ground floor retail spaces of the then newly built Empire State Building. This shoe is entirely original with its Spade-shaped Goodyear welted sole sculpted over a steel shank, sewn with contrasting twine and with original O’Sullivan’s rubber heel.

    Size Details:

    US 11D........UK 10E.......European 44,5D, for the medium width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    New and unworn. The tops are as new, the leather unmarked and soft and supple as new, astonishing for a shoe that is three-quarters of a century old. These are a wearable museum piece, one of the treasures of American shoemaking, a collector's item of the highest order.
    The heels of this generation, when rubber, were most often provided by the O'Sullivan Rubber Company, the late 19th century invention of a printer, Humphrey O'Sullivan, intended to provide better traction in his print shop. O'sullivan eventually patented the idea and supplied rubber heels to shoe manufacturers across America.

Article Number: 1937-1 Category: Tag:

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