Buckle-Back Flannels and Cordovan Loafers, 1954

This advertisement depicts the classic fall combo of gray flannels and penny loafers, with the added details of cordovan leather and buckle on the back. The ad ran in Gentry magazine in 1954.

7 Comments on "Buckle-Back Flannels and Cordovan Loafers, 1954"

  1. I like that the ad has “21” knee, 18″ bottom” on the trousers.

  2. I would add that hide prices are up according to the Horween website. There are fewer horses available now compared to 1954 and sourced from a greater distance. Skilled craftsman are needed throughout the process. I am sure there are regulatory and environmental costs associated with the productions.

  3. Chelsea Drug Store | September 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm |

    Great work, Christian. It’ so refreshing find a voice such as yours these days. I have been reading some of your old articles and in my book you are the authentic voice of Ivy and Trad.

  4. Chelsea Drug Store | November 1, 2020 at 11:01 am |

    Good to be able to read a post of mine from 2011. I don’t own any cordovan, but I’m sure 9 years is nothing for a pair of cordos.

  5. My handy-dandy inflation calculator puts the $18.95 at $183.36 in 2020

    Just thinking of Cordovan beefroll pennies at that price makes me tear up a little.

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