Vintage Bespoke LEE KEE Patent Leather OPERA PUMP:41.5-42D.

480.00

SOLD to Mr. J. C., Atlanta
  • Patent Leather Opera Pump
    Grosgrain Ribbon Bow
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    by Hong Kong’s great traditional master shoemaker
    Lee Kee

    The old Asia hands among us will remember Lee Kee, the custom shoemaker in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Their shoes represented the height of luxury, not to mention prices, and they specialized in exotic reptile leathers, alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and the forbidden giant sea turtle, listed elsewhere in the website. I have no doubt that somewhere in the outer districts of the city Lee Kee’s workers were eating what did not go into the shoes, but we were spared that sight in his pristine showroom in the Peninsula. Since the 1950’s and the occupation of Shanghai by the Red forces, Hong Kong, long the Eastern outpost of the British Empire, became the Mecca for tailoring, dressmaking and shoemaking to the European trade, and the premiere destination for exacting shoppers in the Orient. Lee Kee, occupying the most prominent shop, in the most prominent location in the most luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, naturally garnered much of this elevated trade. And deservedly, his handwork is a testament to the skill of his workmen and this present shoe is a prime example of bespoke shoemaking at its very finest.

    This shoe is made to measure, bench-made, with even the sole sewn by hand. It is the finest pump of this type I have ever offered or ever seen, not merely superior to anything on the market today, but in another category of form and finish. The usual pump is a thin-soled, shapeless slipper and, even from a good maker, usually Blake Stitched if not merely glued together to effect a low profile. This shoe (the welt) is fully edge-sewn by hand (superior to Goodyear welting) channeled and skived; in other words, a real shoe and one that will not lose its shape after the third opera gala.

    Nor is the grade of patent leather used in the making of this shoe to be confused with the perishable patent leathers offered today. I was so impressed by the quality of the patent that I experimented with polishing. Patent leather is unporous so it is cleaned with a special solution or simply with soap and water, as best one can. Instead, I applied my favourite cream polish to this pair with a small brush, let the polish penetrate overnight, then brushed off with the big brush. The result is a perfect semi-gloss, less shiny that the naked patent leather and what I would call the ideal finish for evening, dressy but discreet.

    A shoe of this type, made to this standard, will serve you beautifully and last a lifetime. It is truly a gentleman’s shoe


    Size Details:

    My precise measurements determine the shoe size as noted. US 8.5-9D......UK 7.5-8E.......Continental 41.5-42D.

    Shoe Condition:

    Like new; appears to have been worn once and once only!

  • Patent Leather Opera Pump
    Grosgrain Ribbon Bow
    Custom Made – Circa 1970
    von dem bekannten Hongkonger Meister-Schuhmacher Lee Kee

    Die alten Asienkenner unter uns werden sich vielleicht an Lee Kee erinnern, den Schuhmacher in der Lobby des Peninsula Hotels in Hongkong. Seine Schuhe repräsentierten die Spitze des Luxus, nicht zu reden von seine Preisen! Er war auf exotische Leder spezialisiert: Alligatoren-Leder, Krokodil, Eidechse, Schlange und die geschützte Meeres-Schildkroete, die Sie hier in der Website sehen können. Ich habe keinen Zweifel, dass damals in anderen Stadtvierteln von Hongkong wohl manch einer von Lee Kee’s Arbeitern das gegessen hat, was nicht in die Schuhe verarbeitet wurde……aber dieser Anblick wurde uns in der eleganten Lobby des Hotels wohl erspart.

    Dieser massangefertigte Schuh jenes berühmten Schuhmacher-Meisters zeigt alle Details feinster Handwerkskunst eines antiken, von Hand gearbeiteten, Schuhs.


    Size Details:

    Nach meinen präzisen Messungen handelt es sich um eine europäische 41.5-42D, für den mittel-breiten Fuss.

    Shoe Condition:

    Neuwertig! Einmal getragen.

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