1930s Men’s Captoe by Colgate Arch Preserver

 

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 :(