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Working shoes of Nineteenth Century

 
 
Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2010 08:55 pm
What was the most popular working man's shoe of the Nineteenth Century? It had four pairs of eyelets for shoestring; and at the top had two pairs of "hooks" or studs where the shoestring was wrapped before the knot was tied. Either the generic name or manufacturer would be fine.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2010 08:59 pm
Air Victorias
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2010 09:18 pm
Seperate 'lasts' (a last is a model of the foot used to make a shoe around) for left and right feet were first introduced in 1818 but their use didn't become widespread until the 1850's; most boots worn by soldiers inthe American Civil War were still identical left and right.

Don't know the answer, but I find this trivia interesting. - edgarblythe

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2010 09:25 pm
http://www.robertlandhistoricshoes.com/catalog/engl%20imp%20website-1.jpg

I found this brogan on google images

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.robertlandhistoricshoes.com/catalog/brogan%2520WF,front-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.robertlandhistoricshoes.com/servlet/Categories%3Fcategory%3D1861-65%2Bmen%27s%2Bshoes%2Band%2Bbootees%253Amilitary&usg=__zdYhBbcHejZmtOuaAYqcwmgfbgs=&h=372&w=440&sz=28&hl=en&start=15&sig2=uV7wHa2c6CP7oB04XpF12Q&itbs=1&tbnid=wTOWJuq1f-nDSM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=127&prev=/images%3Fq%3D19th%2Bcentury%2Bshoes%2B4%2Beyelets%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG&ei=VoNvS43kFYjkMaDbwNwE
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2010 09:34 pm
Didn't see any with hooks, but did not pursue the matter further.
Woollcott
 
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Reply Wed 10 Feb, 2010 06:51 pm
@edgarblythe,
By George, I think you got it! I had always heard "brogue" -- but it was probably an abbreviation for "brogan." Many thanks.
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Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2012 10:45 pm
Thanks for sharing this nice post.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2012 11:18 pm
Many manufacturers made the same styles--I doubt there was one responsible for all of them. And there were many kinds of "workman's" shoe, depending on occupation and country (French and Netherlands for example probably used more wooden sabots than anything else).
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2012 11:23 pm
This is billed as a "19th century farmer's work shoe", but it's on a 21st century self-described "luxury" shoe site.

 http://www.ushist.com/img/mens/images/sa-00015-02_madison-shoe_brown_l.jpg

looks like what you might be looking for.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jul, 2012 11:28 pm
And here's an article on (American) Civil War soldier shoes for re-enactors, which seemingly were pretty much like the shoes workers normally wore when not at war (with pictures)
http://www.fugawee.com/brogans.htm
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