Mr Decline & Fall over at the FNB Ivy Talk board has dug up this great piece from The Nation back in 1998.
WILTON, Maine — For four decades, Laurence Wilbur epitomized the old-fashioned American craft work that
goes into each pair of Bass Weejun shoes.
With his Down East twang and long snowy beard, Wilbur, 73, traveled the world to show how the legendary
thick-leather “penny loafers” are cobbled together with 40 tight hand stitches in five minutes.
“This is how Bass Weejuns are handcrafted in America,” he’d say proudly at fashion shows and trade
missions from Paris to Hong Kong.
Read the rest of his post here
and if you fancy the pair in the photo head over to Ebay where they can be yours – as long as you have size 18C feet that is….