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 Black Water Bison Derbies in size 9F.
They were hand-crafted in the Hartt factory in Fredericton and are from the
"Custom Grade" line - one of the highest-quality lines that Dack's offered.
These shoes would have sold for $400 or more. They feature imported Water
Bison, a half-leather lining, leather insoles, leather outsoles, and nailed
rubber heels. They are constructed using the Goodyear-welt process (the way a
quality shoe is made) that permits repairs.
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 $90, go to the mall and pay much more for a crappy pair
of Chinese shoes.
Shoe trees are NOT included!