*Vintage LLOYD & HAIG Calfskin Plain Front Derby: 43-43.5D
Lloyd & Haig
Plain Front Kalbsleder Derby
“Lloyd & Haig” war ein amerikanisches Luxus-Geschaeft mit 4 Locations in Manhatten – bis Anfang der 90er. Er importierte die feinsten englischen Konfektions-Schuhe und brachte sie unter eigenem Namen heraus. Ich würde deren Angebote, was Qualität und Fabrikation betrifft, durchaus mit den moderen englischen Fabrikaten von “Brooks Brothers” gleichsetzen – der sogenannten “Peal & Co-Line”, die wiederum vieles mit John Lobb’s Konfektions-Produkten gemein hat- kurz also: ein Top-Qualitäts-Schuh. Lloyd & Haig haben der New-York-Business-Community für Generationen gedient und haben gleichzeitig eine sehr traditionsverbundene und im besten Sinn “konservative” Serie angeboten.
Size Details:US 10DE......UK 9E......Deutsche Grösse 43-43.5D, für den mittel-breiten Fuss.
Original Sohle und Absatz leich getragen. Rahmengenäht mit "split reverse welt" (Storm Welt)
Lloyd & Haig
Plain Front Calfskin Derby
Lloyd & Haig was an American retailer with four locations in Manhattan until the mid- 1990s. They imported and re-branded the finest of ready-made English shoes, except that this particular shoe with armoured heel and massive double sole is superior in terms of quality and construction with today’s English-made Brooks Brothers shoes, the so-called Peal & Co. line, which shares many earmarks with John Lobb’s ready-mades, in short, an top quality ready-made shoe, superior to Lobb’s. Lloyd & Haig served the New York business community for several generations and, accordingly, offered a very traditional and conservative line of shoes of which this is an excellent example.
With its superb detail, its glove leather lining, its hand-lasted massive double sole and the quality and weight of calfskin used, this Derby, most likely made by Hanover to “custom” standards for Lloyd & Haig. With it’s double sole, split reverse storm welt and superb grade of calfskin, this shoe rivals Florsheim’s Imperials for long life. A gentleman’s shoe.
I am grateful to Mr. Bill Tarlow, the last proprietor of the Lloyd & Haig who has generously provided much of the following detailed information about the history of this historic New York firm.
Lloyd and Haig was founded by two Englishmen in 1929 on Cedar Street in New York City. It failed shortly after and was taken over by Ed Meyer who a year later joined forces with Sherman Tarlow, Bill Tarlow’s father, a salesman for Alden Shoes in New York. They opened a store together on East 44th Street on the unusual proviso that the store show a profit in its first year otherwise Tarlow would be out and lose his investment. But successful they were and continued in partnership until Ed Meyer’s death in 1956. Bill Tarlow joined the firm a year later and was followed by his brother Alan 5 years later. The Meyer interests were purchased in 1958 and the firm became a family owned and run business. Sherman Tarlow died in 1977 and the firm continued under the direction of the two brothers. In 1959 Lloyd & Haig replaced Alden with Howard & Foster and the private label division of Bostonian as their suppliers. Hanover produced hand sewn loafers mainly for the firm and when they could not get cordovan leather they produced a plain toe oxford. In the early 70’s they were approached by a British firm of Joseph Cheaney and, at that time, reintroduced English shoes to their line but Lloyd & Haig designed almost all their own styles and chose materials to fit.
Size Details:US 10D.....UK 9E..... Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium to somewhat wider foot.
Original sole and heel very lightly worn. Tops will profit from a good polishing.