1940 Milspec Oxford Shoe - Black

$300 $750

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Yuketen’s Original Oiled Leather Upper

Full Leather Lining 

Vegetable-Tanned Leather Insole with Hand-Worked Rib for Welting

Leather Welt + Shank + Cork Filling

Hidden-Chanel Leather Sole + Leather Stacked Heel + Cat’s Paw Heel

1930’s Semi-Modified Last

Hand-cut and Hand-lasted

Genuine Goodyear-Welted Construction

Bench-made in Mexico


1940 Milspec Oxford is entirely hand-cut and bench-made in Mexico with Goodyear-welted construction and old world bootmaking methods and techniques using a sturdy 1910 German-made welt stitcher. These shoes are entirely handcut and benchmade in Mexico onto 1930’s American semi-modified lasts for the ideal union of comfort and style. The modified lasts the shoes’ are built upon were originally designed to stop the wearer from over-pronating, helping them to correct their gait and develop a better, healthier walking motion. As such, the semi-modified lasts provide exceptional arch support to the structure of the foot. 


Handcrafted from a Yuketen’s original rich and malleable full grain cow leather upper lined with soft-tanned cow leather, resulting in wonderful contrasts and patinas over time. An equally fundamental components of this style are the sturdy foundation that is constructed of multiple layers of hand-shaved 100% veg-tan leather insole, leather midsole, leather welt, leather stacked heel and the Cat’s Paw Heel, which boasts pronounced lug tread pattern with a clean outsole border that is both elegant in appearance yet also functionally useful for a daily wear. Also the back of the leather insole is shaved up by hand to make a rib for stitching the welt, which is a meticulous detail of a genuine traditional shoe making technique results in making a long-lasting life to the shoe that those with a strip of preformed canvas-like rib.


The shape originates from a mil-spec last that is specifically designed for infantry to guarantee long-wearing comfort. Natural leather insoles are used for this model to ensure conformity to the shape of the wearer’s foot over time for improved fit. The outsole is made of extra-thick oiled leather to maximize durability and longevity while the Goodyear stitching through the bottom of the outsole leather is sealed (close channel stitching) to eliminate thread breakage. This style also boasts a natural leather welt, midsole, stuck heel, and deadstock Cat’s Paw rubber heels to complete the outward statement of high-quality materials and construction. 


These remarkable features mark a new direction for Yuketen’s design aesthetic verging toward formal elegance while simultaneously maintaining all core principles and construction techniques for highest-quality handmade products.



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