Picture special – Crockett & Jones exhibition shoes from 1911 nr.3

For the third time, I set the spotlight on some of the finest made shoes you can see today, a collection that Crockett & Jones made for a major international exhibition in 1911. Here I show off a number of models not displayed here before.


The shoes I showed earlier was samples featured in the Crockett & Jones showroom at the Northampton factory, and some others in the stores in London. Now I show some more of the shoes that can be found in glass cabinets in the two stores the brand has on Jermyn Street in London. Such great stuff as this are surely worth all the attention it can get.

The quality of factory-made shoes was excellent around the turn of the turn of the century, and many of the most talented craftsmen worked for the factories. C&J’s factory was one of the great ones also back then, and ahead of a major international craft exhibition in Turin, Italy, in 1911, it was decided they would make a serious effort to showcase its skills. A series of shoes made by hand, with the best leather they could get (at this time material quality was generally much better than it is today), made by their best at the various parts of the making. In other words, they are not representative of what C&J’s factory shoes looked like at the time, but showed what they were capable of.

Enjoy the amazing craftsmanship.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe balmoral derby boot

A magnificent derby boot, made to perfection.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe boot sole

The bottom, which has a very special solution for the sole stitching.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe boot sole

As you can see, the sole stitching seem to be sanded and sort of turned into a decoration.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe boot sole stitch

The sole stitching from above, placed far out on the welt and in contrasting colour, for appearance. After all, these are all exhibition pieces.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe plain cap

This I’ve shown before but just in a couple of photos, it’s so good it can be displayed more.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe plain cap

Splendid last shape.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Another view.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

The coarsely gimped edges are gorgeous.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Clean heel.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Super clean bottom.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe spectator

Another favourite of mine, this spectator oxford with superb closing.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe spectator

Closer look.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe sole

Sole.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe black oxford

A fancier black one.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe black oxford

Look at this welt finishing.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe black

Back view, high shine.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe semi brogue

This semi brogue oxford is one of the more scratched up samples they have, still magnificent stuff obviously.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe semi brogue

A very asymmetric last and pattern.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe semi brogue

Any bespoke maker offering something looking like this today would be praised.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Bottom.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe women's boots.

Finish with a couple of women’s shoes from the same exhibition collection, with very fine make.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Clearly exhibition material.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe women's boot

Sleek…

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe women's boot

…and slender.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Tight waist.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe

Very thin sole, with fine sole stitching.

Crockett & Jones 1911 exhibition shoe women's spectator

Another cool women’s shoe.

 

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