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The Original Playboy Story
English shoe design since 1936
The Original Playboy brand dates back to 1936 when the first shoes were manufactured by English shoemaker Hutton in Northampton, England, an area renowned for the best shoemaking in the world.More than 80 years later, the shoes are still manufactured based on the old construction with more than 200 manual processes requiring high levels of classic shoemaking skills. It’s one of the most complicated shoes tomanufacture, especially when it comes to attaching the characteristic piping and crepe foxing.Also the same high quality materials are used today, like the 100% natural plantation rubber for the crepe sole and only the finest hunting suede and calf leather for the upper.
Iconic shoes worn by legends
The Original Playboys reached icon status almost from the beginning, which was largely attributed to Hollywood stars who took a liking to the shoes, in particular one of the World’s hottest actors, Steve McQueen, nicknamed The King of Cool, who wore the Original Playboy chukkas in the 50s and well into the 70s both on and off screen.Also actors like Anthony Perkins, Jason Robards and great jazz legend Miles Davis are among those who wore the English chukka style in the heydays in the 50s and 60s when Playboys and the whole Ivy League look had its booming years.
More than 80 years of legacy
The famous Hollywood era was a defining part of The Original Playboy legacy, but at the centre of it all will always be the story of a unique, patented and masterly executed design. A design that has been kept alive, also after the English manufacturer discontinued its business in the 70s and the brand shifted hands.In essence, the appeal of the shoes is still clean, classic and timeless. That goes for The Original Playboy models for both men and women as well as The Original City collection on the sleeker crepe sole. The Original Playboy brand is the epitome of a classic that never dates.