1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Dating Stephens and Shinkle shoes

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by acceber, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I researched the stamp inside it and read that the Stephens and Shinkle shoe company was building its store in 1916. I don’t know if it was their first store. I thought these shoes were older than that. How on earth could someone wear these things? They’re so incredibly narrow. Anyway, might anyone have any information on these? Thanks!

    D8140EAC-3D57-4E1C-9764-24D72E5FA941.jpeg A36E35D5-E346-4BDD-8910-D31DFDA125FE.jpeg 4F80F1BD-C137-44E8-880F-06FA0937AFE6.jpeg B1550A8D-D63E-4C11-8904-AC11FC29647F.jpeg 21E8C5F9-54DE-430B-8EDA-2D31AAEAA15E.jpeg 8CE39D5C-4223-4ACC-93A5-84C48B66C021.jpeg
    Retro Ruth likes this.
  2. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Better pictures

    A74E2343-6183-4AC8-96B6-188A6853C7B0.jpeg B13962E1-91B9-4E12-A33B-F4AA86F80855.jpeg 4BC2556B-8E35-4DE8-81E6-13F07A63A5C6.jpeg E7A18782-A58A-4F2D-8831-58BFB18D0871.jpeg EF255B36-587F-4F37-BD77-E0B7AE98F4C4.jpeg 0D3D9F8C-469C-498E-9187-1358C9260125.jpeg B889F827-B027-4273-A7CF-3D2DA5189434.jpeg
  3. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  4. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    Is there any writing before Stephens? Looks like there is a faint word. The reason I ask is that I looked quickly and found many records of Johnson-Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Co which was indeed started in 1916 but I wonder if it had a precursor prior to Johnson
    Here are a few things on them through 1964
    Please do not reproduce in any way as they are copyrighted so this is just for educational purposes
    20B909FA-AFD0-46D8-AE69-F376A123657F.jpeg AA3BDD8E-540D-4A62-8694-1D852FA55328.jpeg 4902188D-65DB-463A-A73B-E4023E512C78.jpeg 92BBD6DE-702B-4F04-A905-6B1716AF52CF.jpeg B4F9DF9C-66BE-4800-BB3A-6993D2CF03F1.jpeg
  5. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    There is a word in front of Stephens, but I can’t make out what it says. I think it might begin with an M.
  6. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    Found them in in @Jonathan Walford's Shoes A-Z. The company was founded in St. Louis by Bradford Shinkle, his brother-in-law Andrew Johnson and his friend Howard Stephens and existed until the early 1970s.
  7. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest


    1916 is about right for these boots, sometimes referred to as " High Cut " or "Cloth Top, basically ladies shoes with putties.

    It had become a fashion of sorts to militarize, just prior to and during the Great War, some menswear to ladies and shoes were no exception.

    I have in my collection 2 pairs of these, leather and cloth with wing tips, one, front lace up the other side button.

    As a man, I to have often wondered how Victorian and Edwardian ladies managed to truss themselves up in such attire--but they did and no doubt passing out or going crimson after the effort.

    And I agree, they look incredibly uncomfortable--still a nice find.

    The history of the Stephens and Shinkle company and their role in shoe making, in a round about way, can be traced back to 1836.

    ( See the formation of the International Shoe Company, St. Louis, Missouri.)

    See, children, Bradford Shinkle, Jackson Johnson Shinkle, Andrew Shinkle and Florence Shinkle.

    In the 195os the company got caught up in a compensation claim involving a Fountain, a Goosing and a Penis.

    It's a funny old world is research.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2021
  8. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Awesome. Thank you so much!
  9. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest


    Does the name read Putterman, Futterman, Rutterman??
  10. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    The really pointed toe with the high hourglass heel is typical of 1920/21 - the last gasp of boots before they fall out of fashion. Basically, the hem gets too short and the gap between the top of the boot and hem of the dress is unsightly, so shoes with coloured stockings are worn instead. Here is an ad from a 1921 catalogue with the virtually identical boots:
    Midge and Vintagiality like this.

Share This Page