Monday, January 13, 2014
Vintage Style Showcase: Scrumptious Late 1930's Scamparoos Oxfords
I had one heckuva time researching these shoes, so I'm hoping this blog post will help someone out some day, just in case there is another pair of Scamparoos out there. Apparently Scamparoos is a division of "Star Brand Shoes" which is nearly as obscure. Scamparoos appears to be their children's line of shoes, as the only pairs I can find (very few) are all sized in vintage children's sizing. Star Brand Shoes was originally a division of International Shoe Company which (it sounds like) simultaneously launched Poll Parrot shoes. It's all very confusing to read up on, since I'm gleaning information from old scanned newspaper articles and whatnot.
After the war, they put out ads in several national news resources stating that they would offer a $5 reward, as well as complete re-soling to anyone who brought in their wartime inferiorly made Star Brand shoes. Isn't that cool? Companies really stood by their principles back then! :)
They're also the most comfortable shoe I own, and I own a lot of shoes! Between their comfort, aesthetic and mysterious backstory, these are my absolute favorite shoes!
Do you have any footwear, new or old, that seems to have been made just for you?
Until next time, adieu!