1940s Weyenberg Massagic shoes

These vintage shoes were made in the 1940s by Weyenburg under the Massagic Air Cushion Shoe label. They have the early 1933 patent arch support design, used c.1934 to 1949, seven eyelets, a pointy perforated captoe, closed lacing and seven eyelets. An update on the air cushioned Massagic arch support was designed in 1945 and rolled out in mid 1949, combined with period adverting, providing a solid latest date of production for these. They have flat cotton laces, channeled leather soles and BF Goodrich vogue heels.

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1950s Weyenberg Massagic shoes

These vintage shoes were made in the 1950s by Weyenburg under the Massagic Air Cushion Shoe label. They have the 1940s patent arch support design, a round perforated captoe, open lacing and six eyelets. They have flat cotton laces, leather soles and Massagic labeled heels.

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Captoe dress boots

This vintage pair of boots is typical of dress boots of the 1920s, although the heels and overall construction make me think they were manufactured in the 1940s. They remained popular at that point with older, more conservative markets. They are made of black leather with five eyelets and four speed hooks. They have black flat cotton laces, and a nice curve to the back seam. The boots have Vulcan rubber heels and a leather sole.

1930s lace up field boots

These vintage boots were made in the 1920s or 1930s. They are a men’s size 7, and are a tall lace up field boot style. This style was popular with hunters and workmen during this period. They have 18 eyelets, and are a rare wingtip style. They have roamer brand rubber soles, long since cracked, and Ritz brand heels. The leather has been conditioned and while it does show wear, is still supple. The soles will definitely need to be replaced if these are to be worn. They measure 11-1/4″ heel to toe (outsole).

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Color and Pattern Coordination

Blue striped suiting, gray felt hat with black band, black shoes, contrasting tie. Conservative 1930s attire.

A wild brown tweed like this calls for brown shoes and a brown hat. Both the shoes and the hat have good chunky proportions, going with the boldness of the tweed. The blue tie harmonizes with the blue overcheck. Keep the tie pattern small so that it does not compete with the tweed. A ’40s country look.

Blue houndstooth with a bit of reddish brown in it. Brown shoes. Brown hat, with a reddish band. Red tie. Early ’60s out and about.

Soles – Custom 1940s McHale Shoes

Bulletproof canadian shoes by John McHale. I’ve found three pairs of these and they make modern shoes look cheap and shoddy. Quality leather, quality workmanship and a timeless design. This pair has obviously been worn, but has outlived its original owner. Chunky nailed soles, suicide nailed leather heels. Captoe. Open lacing.