1914 - A low-cut Banister oxford
Banister's wool and patent leather lace-up boot showing
the appropriate type of heel
Boots, Jacks, Shoes & Shoe Horns
made by the James A. Banister Company
Above: Shoe horns by BANISTER SHOES:
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1914 - A lace-up Banister boot
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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 misshapen 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.
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
New York, New York - Parker & Diemer, Inc.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Strawbridge & Clothier
Boston, Massachusetts - Cos & Young Company
Springfield, Massachusetts - The Clement Company
Cleveland, Ohio Co. - The William Taylor Son & Company
Detroit, Michigan - Carrington, Inc.
Memphis, Tennessee - Cook & Love
Des Moines, Iowa - The Utica
San Francisco, California - The Emporium
Los Angeles, California - Ian Degrift's
San Antonio, Texas - Fomby Clothing Company
Houston, Texas - Shotwell's
Birmingham, Alabama - Odum, Bowers & White
Miami, Florida - Burdine Bootery Company
Atlanta, Georgia - Pollock & Berg
Goldsboro, North Carolina - H. Weil & Bros.
Greensboro, North Carolina - Vanstory Clothing Company
Reading, Pennyslvania - Farr Brothers Company
Allentown, Pennsylvania - Farr Brothers Company
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Farr Brothers Company
Easton, Pennsylvania - Farr Brothers Company
IN CUBA (Republic of Cuba/República de Cuba):
Havana, Cuba - (Mercado y Ca., S. en C.)
La Granada - Sagua La Grande, Cuba
Fernandez y Bango - Ciego De Avila, Cuba
Thomas Zubillaga - (La Reina Shoe Store)
Where were Original Banister Shoes sold?
James A. Banister Co.'s Boot Jack
These handy tools help you to more-easily remove your boots.
To use, simply: 1) loosen the laced ties of your boots, 2) open the wooden jack, so both sides are flat,
3) flip the jack over so the pegs rest on the floor. (The two photos, below, show the jack upside down.)
The pegs should touch the floor. This gives you leverage, and allows for the height of you heel,
4) hold the curved area of the jack against the heel of your boot, and
5) pull your foot gently out of the boot. These attractive hand-held devices
can be folded in half (bottom left) for easy storage.
Above: The left boot has been gently cleaned by blotting, repeatedly, with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar (diluted with warm water by 50%). Once dry, buff patent leather with a clean cloth.
Below: The ebay listing in which Your Host found these same Victorian Banister boots. Note: the original
heel (see illustration at top of page) has been replaced with a lower, non-tapered heel. These boots are the
oldest pair of original Banister Shoes remaining in the Banister family, as of 2020.
Above: Montage of a pair of Victorian boots made by the James A. Banister Company, as found in an online auction by Your Host.
The Victorian era was the time during which Queen Victoria reigned in England - from 1837 until 1901. In the United States, the "Victorian era" is often referred to as "the turn of the century" (1899-1900) and
a time-frame generally considered to have been from the 1890s through the 1910s.
Below: Are these the oldest Original James A. Banister boots and logos remaining in the year 2020?
To be authentic, James A. Banister Company's boots and shoes must have been made between 1845-1930.
Below: Rescuing a pair of Banister Shoes