+Very Fine ALLEN EDMONDS Sharkskin Norweger: US 8-9Wide (41-42 Wide )


  • Vintage Allen Edmonds
    Special Order – Circa 1970
    Genuine Sharkskin
    Split-Toe Norwegian
    Euro 980

    This is the rarest of the rare. Sharkskin is more rare than alligator today. Norwegians more rare than wing tips. Among Norwegians brown sharkskin more rare than black (this is the only brown sharkskin Norwegians I have ever shown). Moreover, among such shoes, wide fittings are exceedingly rare. Finally, to find a pair in new, virtually unused condition, in this day and age, well….I, for one, am unable to calculate the chances. Suffice it to say, it is one-of-a-kind today.
    Judging from the workmanship and treatment of the lining, this shoe most likely dates from the 1970’s. These marvelous Sharkskin Norwegians are beautifully hand-lasted, Goodyear welted, entirely edge-bound. The skins are soft and pliable as the day they were made. This pair is in perfect condition. The colour of these shoes is a lovely medium brown. It is difficult to do justice to the colour accurately in photographs, but it is just the right brown for all occasions.  This shoe, both from the point of view of design and materials, possesses a quiet elegance that signal extremes of luxury without the slightest ostentation.
    The use of Sharkskin in the making of shoes, now no longer done for reasons of conservation, is a largely American phenomenon. The two major producers were Footjoy and Allen Edmonds. One does see quite some variation from one pair to the next in the selection of skins; these being a rather closer grain than used in less fine examples. The effect is rather sleeker and very elegant, the result nothing less than a work of art, a museum-pieces, destined for the passionate and knowledgeable collector.
    As an afterthought; sharkskin seems to be virtually indestructible and, not surprisingly, rather waterproof.  A shoe like this is only available today from a custom shoemaker (in the unlikely case that they could find the material!), thus the replacement cost must be seen to be in the many thousands. Certainly one of the most beautiful and glamourous shoes ever made by Allen Edmonds, superior in construction, materials and appearance to any modern offering. [Read about size below.]

    Size Details:

    US 8EEE....8.5EE.....9E. Because of the extra wide fitting at size 8, the large 8.5 or 9 foot is nicely accomodated at a less dramatic width . I have measured the shoes with shoemakers' last of known size; please rely on my measurements. As will all the shoes gotten from my website,it is guaranteed, of course.

    Shoe Condition:

    Virtually new. slightest scuffing of bottoms from one or two wearings at most.

  • Vintage Allen Edmonds
    Special Order – Circa 1970
    Véritable Cuir de Requin de Baha-Californie
    Derby Demi-Chasse Norwégian
    (Split-Toe Norwegian)
    Euro  980

    Voilà une chaussure classique on ne peut plus soigneusement montée, datant des meilleures années de fabrication d’un grand bottier, et faite dans le plus admirable des cuirs Requin Pacifique. Son grain caractéristique confère à cette chaussure un charme discret tout en dotant votre garde-robes d’une touche luxueuse que ce soit pour votre tenue de tous les jours, de sport ou de campagne. Somme toute, c’est une chaussure fort appréciable, d’une belle ligne classique, élégante et robuste à la fois (le roquin étant un des cuirs les plus solides qui soient), et qui se patinera au cours des années d’un lustre inégalable. Nous nous trouvons devant une véritable rareté censée soulever l’intérêt de mes clients-collectionneurs les plus exigents.

    Shoe Condition:

    Presque neuf. Malgré leur âge, 40 ans environ, le dessus est d'un toucher parfaitement doux et souple, les semelles d'origine ne présentant que traces d'usure. La chaussure est entièrement doublée d'un des meilleurs cuirs de Box-calf.

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