NEW – Important Historic Pre-War JOHNSTON & MURPHY “Spade Sole” Oxford: 41,5D


SOLD to Mr. J. C., Adelaide, Australia
  • 5-Eyelet Full Brogue Oxford
    Circa 1935-40
    Johnston & Murphy
    for Diamond & Company, Philadelphia

    The handwork in this shoe, up to and including the hand-sewn sole, is s a testament to the skill of this artisan and a compelling example of pre-war shoemaking at its very finest. This spade-shaped, narrow-waisted sole is built over a steel shank, and fitted with a hand-nailed, dove-tailed, combination heel by the seminal rubber heel provider, O’Sulllivan’s. This style of lasting and construction is seldom seen today even in custom-made shoes at astronomical prices. If this shoe is your size, the comfort and stability it will offer will transform your notions of fit and finish, but be warned, it may marginalize the majority of your shoe wardrobe. This is a marriage of art and craft not available elsewhere today.

    In terms of rarity this shoe is in the first category. Johnston & Murphy’s descendent firm have long since not produce anything comparable to this shoe. Indeed any shoe of this fineness is a rarity today and to find this treasure in new condition after 70+ years is startling. The price is arbitrary; I would hardly know where to send you to find the equivalent shoe at any price. This masterpiece is one of approximately a dozen treasures of similar vintage -1930s-1940s- deaccessioned recently by the Costume and Textile Department of a principal mid-western American museum. I had the great good fortune to count the curator among my old colleagues and, knowing the website, he agreed that these rarities should be placed with my cultivated clinetele above all others. This important shoe, like the rest of this choice collection, is perfectly wearable, as if made yesterday. It is glamourous, authentic, highly evocative of the period and, most likely, something never to be seen again in this condition. Suitable for the advanced collector. This shoe has my highest recommendation.

    Size Details:

    US 8,5D….UK 7,5E…..Continental 41,5D, for the mid-width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Superb! New and unworn, and in perfect condition.

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