Mesh Oxfords for Men

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Here is a City Club brand Men’s Oxford shoe. It has what’s called a flying wingtip style that you wouldn’t normally think of as a wingtip. I like this shoe because it’s a mens shoe that features mesh material, and stands out among the other vintage spectator shoes for men out there. From a personal collection 🙂

This is a 1940’s style of shoe, but has the craftsmanship of the 1950’s really. They just don’t make ’em like they used to.

1913 Everstick Invisible Rubbers

Just included this one because:

1. It’s interesting to see that you could wear something on the bottom of your shoes to keep the rain out.

2. The headline is such a yummy font.

and

3. Wow. the “Everstick Invisible Rubber” is funny enough – but: “The Rubbers of a Gentleman” is a downright knee-slapper!

1903 Ad for Crossett Shoes

Ad for Lewis A Crosssett, Inc. Makers of Crosssett Shoes in North Abington, Massachusetts.

For just $3.50 or $4.00 a pair you could have the “most shoe comfort ever produced”.

In 1903 the average per capita income was $449 (just $120 for unskilled female workers!) so a pair of Crossetts would have cost you half a week’s pay.

Israel Miller’s shoes

Israel Miller came to America from Poland. His shoe making career began with his designing footwear for theatrical productions in New York during the turn of the 19th century. Many performers came to him for custom designs.  Shortly after, New York’s upper class ladies were knocking at his door for his work. Miller was known for his visions, quality, and ambitious approach.

Miller created a shoe company that reached across the country with more than 200 retail stores. His company took over a giant building located in Times Square that has four gorgeous statues on the front of the building. If you get a chance to go check out the building they remodeled, it is located on 1552 Broadway Street.

View from West 46th street

Another interesting tidbit – Andy Warhol did some illustration work for I. Miller.