Vintage late 1950s or very early 1960s black calf dress oxfords with brogued detail across the toe caps were made by Bostonians for menswear firm Weber & Heilbroner and are unworn deadstock.
Leather lined and soled, they have rubber heel tips and are made with Bostonian's "Tred Flex" soles, introduced by the company in 1940, as well as the "Sta Smooth" innersole it patented in 1937. Both of these construction features remained a selling point for the company for decades afterward. The Bostonians “De Luxe” grade of shoes were sold as early as the 1910s (the company was founded in Massachusetts in the 1890s).
Photo #8 shows the persistence of Bostonians’ patented and trademarked features over the years, as well of this particular style of shoe; I have paired ads from different decades which emphasize their De Luxe, Tred Flex, or Sta Smooth cachet, and shown a 1930 Weber & Heilbroner ad, lower left.
The shoes are stamped as follows on their soles: “Tred Flex, Requires No Breaking In, Exclusive Flexible Process”, and “Bostonians” (with a museum inventory number neatly written in ink above the name). The left sock liner is gold- embossed “Made Expressly for Weber & Heilbroner”, and the right, “Fit Right—Feel Right, De-luxe Bostonians, Sta-smooth Innersole, they’re Walk Fitted”.
Marked size is 11AA/AAAA; exact measurements are 11 7/8” toe to heel inside shoe, 12 3/8” toe to heel on bottom of shoe, and 3 7/8” across tread (widest part of the sole). The heels are 1”.
Excellent, unworn condition.
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