More than anything else, what lets down the modern man of style is his shoes. You spend several hundreds to several thousands of pounds on suits, then go and ruin it all with poor shodding, pairing your beautiful worsted suit with a £25 pair of gunboats from Clarke’s. Not so the 1930s-40s shoe. Typically built along very elegant lines and constructed by hand, if you find a deadstock pair, they will be far superior to a similar priced shoe of today.

For vintage chaps, the Spectator, or Correspondent, shoe is highly sought after. With leather pieces paired with buckskin for the uppers, they are jaunty and sporty. This pair is of the particularly desirable type which has elaborately perforated uppers, particularly in the buckskin parts. Though far from perfect condition, these shoes regularly find their way into my shoe rotation in the summer months. There’s no mark to indicate the maker, but they are American. I bought them from Germany, of all places.


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