Nov 04, 2014

Vintage Shoes

What is it about vintage clothes that make them so...

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What is it about vintage clothes that make them so fun to look at? Photographer Jin Hidaka shot these vintage shoes and posted them on Flickr earlier this year. Many of them are in surprisingly good condition, given their age, which suggests maybe they were owned by a collector or just recently recrafted. 

Seen here are a bunch of John Lobb shoes from the 1980s and ’90s; a pair of Poulsen Skone formal pumps, made for Alan Flusser’s label; some custom, limited edition, suede derbies from Alden, with a unique punch detailing around the quarters; 1980s espadrilles from Barney’s NY; and a pair of New & Lingwood’s butterfly loafers, which I’ve been thinking about commissioning a version of through Foster & Son

Some of my favorites, naturally, come from Ralph Lauren. The double buckle boots you see above, for example, is Ralph Lauren’s take on the M-1943 service boot, which was worn by American servicemen in the Second World War. I recently bought a pair of boots that look very similar. I also really want these alligator penny loafers, which apparently were sold at Ralph Lauren’s flagship store in 1983, and these Russell Moccasin boots from the late ’70s. 

You can see all of Hidaka’s photos here. He was the one who shot those amazing English field bags I mentioned last year


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