Biker Still Life

16″ lace up wingtip boots from the 1930s, a brown leather motorcycle jacket from the ’50s or so, Pall Mall cigarettes with a 1949 tax stamp, a made in Japan “Sabre” knife, vintage bandanna, belt and a silver and turquoise ring. Not a lot of brown leather going in motorcycle gear these days.
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Knapp Boots

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These vintage boots were made in Brockton Massachussets by Knapp Brothers.  They are a classic hunting boot.   Moccasin toe. 10 eyelet.  They have a super chunky ripple sole.  The leather on these is unbelievable. They’ve been worn to perfection, with a patina that can’t be beat.  Brown leather with red undertones.  Brass eyelets. This is the perfect boot for the vintage workwear/ vintage outdoorsman look that is all the rage these days. They have quadruple stitching on the back panel.  The rubber chain section at the top of the shaft of the boot, designed to keep your tall socks up or your pants tucked in, has some wear, and the boots have been worn a lot over their lifetime, but it looks like they were properly maintained and taken care of.   They have been conditioned several times with Pecards Antique leather conditioner, so they should be ready to go.Length of Sole (Exterior): 12-1/4″Width of Sole (Exterior): 4-3/8″Length of insole (Interior): 10-1/2″Height of boot: 10″    PhotobucketPhotobucket

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Ripple Sole Alden Shoes

Now on eBay!  LINKThese shoes were made by Alden, one of America’s top shoemakers.  The styling is unusual, dressy split toe styling with a monster ripple rubber sole. Stylish meets rugged.  Open lacing, six eyelets.  They’ve had a hard life. there’s a repair to the heel of the inside of the right shoe, done in black leather.  The leather has scuffs, deep creasing, a few dings, and some surface cracking.  Looks like the ruggedness of the shoes styling matched up to the ruggedness of the original owner.  Size: 12 C/E    Photobucket

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Steel Toe Wingtips

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These vintage shoes have all the style and sturdy construction of a pair of vintage Canadian made dress shoes.  Double stitched, perforated wingtip, five eyelet, chunky leather sole.  But they also have a steel toe. The heels and soles have been replaced at some point.  The heels look like they were never walked on.Size 8.5E    Photobucket

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Church’s Monk Strap Shoes

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These vintage church’s shoes were made expressly for the store “Henry Marks” of Montreal.  Church’s isn’t making this exact model anymore, but the nearest thing they do sell currently, the Brampton, looks to be retailing for a bit over $600.  These have nailed soles and half leather heels.  The shoes look like they were worn gently and properly taken care ofThey are marked a size 9-1/2They measure 11-1/2″ heel to toe and 3-7/8″ at the widest part of the sole.    Photobucket

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John Hampton Shoes

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These vintage shoes were made in England by John Hampton for Woodward’s.  They are a classic wingtip design, closed lacing, six eyelet.  The sole appears to be composition, and the shoes exhibit very little wear.  Size: 9    Photobucket

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