While shooting the brand name we discovered that the tongue was tacked (sewn) to the body of the shoe to keep it from getting off-center.
We’ve seen several iterations of the Arch Preserver brand name – one identical to the one pictured that said “MIAMI” instead of “COLGATE”. Ads from the 20s for this brand show a more angular sole – and from the 40s are much less narrow. The size of this one is “12 1/2 aa” – quite common for the 20s and 30s.
It looks as though it has been resoled :(