Vintage late 20s into early 30s brown leather brogue-style pumps from the William Porter & Sons shoe company are unworn stock from a local turn-of-the-century shoe store. They feature a thick strap with brass buckle, stacked wooden heels, and geometric Deco punching on the toes and around the heels.
The shoes are lined and soled in leather, with the soles embossed "Special Arch, Porters, Combination Last". They measure 9 ¼" from toe to heel inside the shoe and 2 7/8" across the tread or ball of the sole (approximately equivalent to a modern size 6 Narrow), with a 2 1/3" heel.
William Porter & Sons, the Lynn, Massachusetts-based company that made the shoes, was the first to use the McKay sewing machine at its factory in 1861 or 1862. This machine, which sewed shoe soles to uppers, ran by foot pedal and so revolutionized the shoe industry that by the late 19th century Lynn had been nicknamed "Shoe City". Wm. Porter & Sons was bought by Morse Shoe Inc. in 1968.
The shoes are in excellent, unworn condition, with the leather in supple condition. Please do remember that these shoes are over eighty years old and should be worn very, very gently!
NOTE: Many thanks to Jonathan Walford, founder/curator of the Fashion History Museum and author of "The Seductive Shoe: Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear", for his assistance in dating and properly identifying these shoes.
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