*Vintage BALLY (Switzerland) Black/Oxblood SADDLE OXFORD: 42D
€220.00SOLD to Mr. J. C., Adelaide, Aus.
The Saddle Oxford
Obviously made for the American market, as this model was almost unknown in Europe until recently, when it has gained popularity in both Europe and America; one should say “regained popularity”. Bally was still producing its shoes in Switzerland at the time -most of it product today comes from Italy- and was a well know and well thought of brand in America, during the mid-20th century.
The Saddle Oxford is still infrequently seen today and yet it is a great classic, a purely American university style from the 1920’s. Like all Saddle Oxfords, it (literally) walks the line between a dressy shoe (because of the plain toe) and a sporting shoe (because of the University and Golf traditions behind this model). This is a marvelous classic model, the two-tone, black over oxblood, and it appears to be in the old tradition of workmanship, a handsome and extremely durable shoe. The rich oxblood colour is easily mistaken for shell cordovan as is the black saddle. Goodyear welted, of course.
Size Details:US 9D.…..UK 7E…..European 42D, for the medium width foot.
The original Goodyear welted sole has been covered with a new, thin, non-slip Vibram protective rubber sole. The heels replaced with new Gloria full-rubber heels. Tops good, showing some creasing, as expected. Sold without trees.