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    Longtime Dappered reader, firstime Threads poster here. I recently came across a shoe brand I hadn't heard of before and was hoping some of you might know a little bit more. The company is called Banister and from what I have been able to gather online seems to have been a US Company from the early 1900's that was purchased by Stetson around the 30's and eventually ceased to exist sometime in the 70's (maybe?)

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/227490/banister-shoes

    The ones I came across are a nice looking and in very good shape pair of Derby wingtips. I don't know what size or the name of the style that they are because there either aren't any interior markings, or they've been worn away with time. I did try them on and they fit my 10 D foot pretty well so maybe around that size?

    If anyone knows anything about the company or even better yet about this style in particular I'd love to learn more.






  • #2
    i thrift a lot (maybe every day), and I have never ever seen a pair of those, nor heard of the brand.

    from a 5 minute googling, it seems like Bannister's actual NJ manufacturing operation was bought out by Stetson Shoe company in my nearby town, Weymouth MA, in the early 1950's. Stetson manufactured shoes in Weymouth MA that said "Bannister" on them, and closed the NJ plant. Then that went out of business around 1972.

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    • #3
      Very popular brand with my young black male friends in the late 1960's.

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      • #4
        Interesting. I wonder when these particular shoes were made. It seems like they stopped making them sometime in the early 70's?

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        • #5
          I believe the company went out of business in 1972

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          • #6
            Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Banister Shoes

            Greetings,

            I am the great-great granddaughter of James A. Banister of Banister Shoes. From 1845-1930, this esteemed company produced the finest men's and boys' shoes in the entire world. After years of research, I am pleased to announce the new launch of the website dedicated to this company. Please drop by "BanisterShoes.org" for a thorough history of the James A. Banister Shoe Company. Thanks!

            Eva Banister
            May 8, 2019

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eva Banister View Post
              Greetings,

              I am the great-great granddaughter of James A. Banister of Banister Shoes. From 1845-1930, this esteemed company produced the finest men's and boys' shoes in the entire world. After years of research, I am pleased to announce the new launch of the website dedicated to this company. Please drop by "BanisterShoes.org" for a thorough history of the James A. Banister Shoe Company. Thanks!

              Eva Banister
              May 8, 2019
              Seriously? Okay, your site looks legit. Nice! Thanks for sharing.

              I know some other folks who will be greatly interested.
              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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              • #8
                Did somebody say Lanister?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
                  Did somebody say Lanister?

                  I was thinking the same thing.

                  If you go to the website, one of the pages is titled "House of Banister."
                  WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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