NEW – Vintage Full Brogue Oxford by LLOYD & HAIG, Circa 1950: US 8.5E [41,5E]
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Oxfords
Lloyd & Haig
Vintage 6-Eyelet Full Wing-Tip Oxford Brogue
The ideal business and evening shoe.
Lloyd & Haig was an American retailer with four locations in mid-town Manhattan until the early 1990’s. They imported and re-branded the finest of ready-made English shoes. I would put their offerings on a par in terms of quality and construction with today’s English-made Brooks Brothers shoes, the so-called Peal & Co. line, which shares many earmarks with John Lobb’s ready-mades, in short, an top quality ready-made shoe. Lloyd & Haig served the New York business community for several generations and, accordingly, offered a very traditional and conservative line of shoes of which this is an excellent example.
I am grateful to Mr. Bill Tarlow, the last proprietor of the Lloyd & Haig who has generously provided much of the following detailed information about the history of this historic New York firm.
Lloyd and Haig was founded by two Englishmen in 1929 on Cedar Street in New York City. It failed shortly after and was taken over by Ed Meyer who a year later joined forces with Sherman Tarlow, Bill Tarlow’s father, a salesman for Alden Shoes in New York. They opened a store together on East 44th Street on the unusual proviso that the store show a profit in its first year otherwise Tarlow would be out and lose his investment. But successful they were and continued in partnership until Ed Meyer’s death in 1956. Bill Tarlow joined the firm a year later and was followed by his brother Alan 5 years later. The Meyer interests were purchased in 1958 and the firm became a family owned and run business. Sherman Tarlow died in 1977 and the firm continued under the direction of the two brothers. In 1959 Lloyd & Haig replaced Alden with Howard & Foster and the private label division of Bostonian as their suppliers. Hanover produced hand sewn loafers mainly for the firm and when they could not get cordovan leather they produced a plain toe oxford. In the early 70’s they were approached by a British firm of Joseph Cheaney and, at that time, reintroduced English shoes to their line but Lloyd & Haig designed almost all their own styles and chose materials to fit.
Mr. Tarlow states that; “Our reason for being was to provide a high grade private label line at prices most people could afford.” By the 1990s Cheaney had been bought by Church’s, Howard & Foster had gone out of business and both Bostonian and Hanover were owned by Clarks. With the demise of factories in America and abroad, Lloyd & Haig could not find the resources to make shoes of the quality they had always stood for. Rather than compromise their standards, to the regret of three generations of New York gentlemen-clients, they closed their doors in 1993.
Size Details:UK 7,5F..... US 8,5E, European 41,5E, for the somewhat wider foot.
New and unworn. Goodyear welted (of course).
Lloyd & Haig
Antik 6-Eyelet Full Wing-Tip Oxford Brogue
The ideal evening and business shoe.
“Lloyd & Haig” war ein amerikanisches Luxus-Schuhgeschäft mit 4 Locations in Manhatten – bis etwa Anfang der 90er. Er importierte die feinsten englischen Konfektions-Schuhe und brachte sie unter eigenem Namen heraus. Ich würde deren Angebote, was Qualität und Fabrikation angeht, durchaus den modernen englischen Fabrikaten von “Brooks Brothers” gleichsetzen – der sogenannten “Peal & Co-Line”, die wiederum vieles mit John Lobb’s Konfektion-Produkten gemein hat- kurzum also: ein Top-Qualitäts-Schuh. Lloyd & Haig haben der New-York-Business-Community für Generationen gedient und haben gleichzeitig eine sehr traditionsverbundene und im besten Sinn “konservative” Serie angeboten.
Size Details:UK 7,5F..... US 8,5E, deutsche Grösse 41,5E, für den etwas breiteren Fuss. Rahmengenäht-Goodyear Welted. Verkauf ohne Schuhspanner.
Neu und ungetragen.