1914 - A low-cut Banister oxford
Banister's wool and patent leather lace-up boot showing
the appropriate type of heel
Boots, Shoes & Shoe Horns
made by the James A. Banister Company
Shoe horns by BANISTER SHOES :
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1914 - A lace-up Banister boot
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(Size 10 A - Banister)
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If dealer cannot supply our needs, write us for further information.
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Rochester, New York
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Since 1845, the choice of Gentlemen
Above: AFTER CLEANING TOP SHOE: Banister wingtips badly damaged by mold. The bottom shoe is as it was found, sadly. The top shoe is shown after being cleaned with the same method as was used for the Pilgrim boot (above). It is critical to gently handle damp leather (especially vintage) with a soft clean cloth and blot it; don't rub. Press repeatedly to soak up as much moisture as you can.
Above: AFTER CLEANING BOTH SHOES: If you look at the shoe on the left in the little toe area, you can see where the mold destroyed the leather. A section of the hand-punched detail fell off into Your Host's hands, as she was carefully drying it. These shoes have not yet been conditioned or buffed, only cleaned with diluted white vinegar and allowed to dry fully overnight. (Apparently, mold does not like vinegar!) They need a second treatment. The interiors have not yet been cleaned.
Tip: For badly mis-shapen shoes, please see the wonderful article by .
His website is as informative as it is beautifully designed. He has much more knowledge about the care of vintage shoes than does Your Host.
Above: Now, this is how a fine pair of Banister Shoes' English-style wingtips
should look! These appear to be N.O.S. - new old stock - a rare and wonderful find!
Please note the appropriate shoe strings, unlike those of Your Host's, above right.
"More mainstream 40's shape, with the more voluptuous toe box,
rounded toes and thicker waist."
Below: Banister Shoes - even the soles are exquisitely detailed!