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From the Vaults: Silk Evening Shoes

July 17, 2014


Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. William Skinner and Sons was a very successful silk cloth manufacturer with roots dating back to the 1850s.   Their earliest ads in Apparel Arts often promoted their quality silk linings for robes, suit jackets and tuxedos and occasionally for lapel facings and […]

Spotlight: Formal Loafers

August 23, 2013


When I was first assembling my black-tie kit I was attracted to the distinguishing swank of formal pumps but ran into a few obstacles in my quest to obtain a pair.  First and foremost, such footwear seems to be made only by high-end shoemakers which makes for a hefty price tag.  On a lesser note, […]

The Wholecut Dress Shoe

July 10, 2013


This week I discovered a new breed of shoe that I never knew existed before thanks to a reader who asked if wholecut models were suitable for formal wear. For the edification of other footwear philistines such as myself, wholecut shoes have uppers that are constructed from a single piece of leather and so are […]

Seamless Shoes and Silk Laces

June 15, 2012


In the fall of 1934 menswear trade journal Apparel Arts featured a novel innovation in evening footwear: The increased popularity of the tailcoat and opera hat have been recent indications of the return to formal sartorial perfection.  In making these concessions to true formality, however, we have found the standards of today on an even […]