*THOM MCAN Parade Dress, CORFAM Plain Front Derby: US 12D (46D)


  • Thom McAn
    Parade Dress Black
    Corfam Plain Front Derby
    Circa 1970
    Euro 340

    DuPont’s ill-fated Corfam was the first “poromeric” material in history and was introduced in 1963 at the Chicago Shoe Show. It was the centerpiece of the DuPont pavilion at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. DuPont manufactured Corfam at its plant in Old Hickory, Tennessee from 1964 to 1971. After spending millions of dollars marketing the product to shoe manufacturers, DuPont withdrew Corfam from the market in 1971 and sold the rights. While Corfam is mainly remembered as a textbook marketing disaster, it is still in use today in various products, for example certain types of equestrian saddle girth, and continues to be very popular in the military and other uniformed professions where shiny shoes are an asset. Its disadvantages were its stiffness which did not lessen with wearing and its relative lack of breathability. Its major advantages over natural leather were its durability and its high gloss finish that could be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and that it deflects dirt and wet rather effectively, in other words, an excellent shoe for the country or for attending a sporting event or a garden party in questionable weather. This leather lined Plain Front Derby by Thom McAn in military parade dress black, is the perfect show piece for this material. Not only Goodyear welted, but boasting a 360 degree split reverse welt (storm welt) for added protection against the elements, this beauty is certainly a collectors item as this material was in use for only 7 years, 40 years ago. All in all, this is a handsome and highly practical shoe that presents you in good style while protecting you in every weather.

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