Dack's Brown Prairie Oxhide Plain-Toe Derby in Size 11.5E - Canada!

$70 firm
City/Town: St. John's
Area: Avalon Peninsula
Posted: Sat, Mar 13, 12:27 AM

Dack’s was THE brand of men’s shoes in Canada for many decades. Founded in York, Ontario in 1834 months before the city changed its name to Toronto, they offered both Canadian-made shoes of the highest quality, along with Church or Cheaney shoes from England.

One of the other great names in Canadian shoemaking was Hartt, of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Hartt Boot and Shoe Company Ltd. was founded in 1898 and was eventually acquired by Dack’s in 1957. Dack’s soon made the decision to move all production for both brands to the Hartt factory, so all Canadian Dack’s or Hartt shoes were produced in that same factory.

Sadly, as in so many other industries, Canadian production stopped altogether in 1999. The company offered very nice English-made shoes until 2009 when, after 175 years, the business was closed.

In 2012, the Dack’s name was re-launched as Matthew Dack, but all sales are online and all production in England. Meanwhile, the Hartt label is also back – with current production in Spain - but the companies are no longer connected.

On offer is this wonderful pair of Dack's Brown Prairie Oxhide Plain-Toe Derbies in size 11.5E.

They were hand-crafted in the Hartt factory in Fredericton from what Dack’s called “Prairie Oxhide” but was probably really Water Bison. They feature hand-sewn vamps, a half-leather lining, leather insoles, leather outsoles, and nailed rubber heels. The leather is buttery-soft and in excellent condition.

If you buy these, not only will you have a handmade pair of bench-crafted shoes of bespoke quality, you will literally be wearing Canadian history. If you take good care of them, you can wear these shoes for the rest of your life and will them to your son.

OR you could take your $70, go to the mall and pay much more for a crappy pair of Chinese shoes. Your choice!

Shoe trees are NOT included!
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