*Vintage ALDEN for Barrie, Ltd., SHELL CORDOVAN Derby, Circa 1980: 43-43.5D (US 10D)


    Barrie Ltd. New Haven
    Circa 1980
    Shell Cordovan Plain Front Derby
    Euro 420

    This shoe was made by Alden (Barrie’s New England Neighbor) and re-branded especially for  them.  This model was for decades their standard, classic Shell Cordovan Derby. Reliable business, evening or leisure  dress, and as you would expect, a very robust American product (notice the additional split reverse welt, the “storm” welt).
    Size: US 10 D……Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.
    Condition: Original soles slightly worn. New, non-slip Vibram heels fitted recently and showing very light wear. 

    About Barrie Ltd.
    Barrie Ltd., on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoes made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by Yale University’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed.
    To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory –rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Bennetons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?
    Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English shoes, their free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family manning the store for all those years will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus.
    One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those “national” stores) and the students look shabby.” How very true.

    Size Details:

    Size: US 10 D......Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Condition: Original soles slightly worn. New, non-slip Vibram heels fitted recently and showing very light wear. An excellent serviceable example of the classic cordovan Derby.
    Sold without trees, however the pair of custom fitted 2-Way Cedar Shoe Trees shown are available. Correctly fitted trees preserve the shape of the shoe, while Cedar wood wicks away moisture after wearing, has excellent antiseptic properties and imparts a most pleasant natural wood aroma.

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