More vintage. This time its Thom McAn shoes likely from the late 1960s or 1970s.
According to Wikipedia, Thom McAn was a retail shoe giant in the United States during 1960s and 1970s. The “Bootmaster” line was a premium line for their stores. I kind of remember Thom McAn in the 1980s when I worked at a mall in San Diego. I don’t remember wanting their shoes. I liked Vans. But that was then.
The shoes are well built. They have a thick single leather sole, storm welt, leather heel and are fully leather lined. I would rate them lower than Alden and a Florsheim Imperial in construction but they are still a very fine shoe.
When I first saw the shoes, they reminded me of Nettleton longwings due to the heavy broguing and the plug in the heel. Then I noticed the small hole in the heel counter. Almost all Nettleton’s have this hole. So maybe Nettleton manufactured these shoes for Thom McAn. Or they could be a copy of Nettleton’s design. Maybe Thom McAn was the Sketchers of 1970. Or I could be entirely wrong. It happens.
There is no size information in the shoe. I did a Google search and found a few other Bootmaster pairs and they were also missing the size. Why would you not mark your shoes with size? I don’t know. Maybe there was sticker on the shoe at one point.
[***The size is described below in the comments***]
The old english gothic “Bootmaster” logo is pretty cool but the “Bootmaster” name seems like an odd marketing name for your premium dress shoes. But there are lots of things I don’t understand. Like teenage girls. And magnets.
I haven’t worn them yet so I can’t comment on their wearability.
Enjoy the photos.