Here’s a rarely seen pair of late Victorian Hardy fishing brogues that really are invincible!
The advert catalogue caption states “All hand-made, Block Toes, Wide Welts” – in 1914 these cost 27/6p, a princely sum and they were made for many years thereafter.
Well, I tried these on and its like walking in deep sea divers boots. It doesn’t help they are size UK 12-1/2 and I’m not, they don’t bend, they don’t give, they make a terrible racket too, but what a great Hardy collectable. They even still have the Hardy stamped brass scroll plates nailed to under side of the soles!
Side-eyelet vents let the water drain when you’re out the river, canvas uppers give some flexibility and heavy studs all through the sole and heel give grip when wading.
These are in remarkably fine condition and would make a great talking point for any collector’s vintage fishing tackle room!
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