Summary

Pair of court shoes made of brown leather with Louis heel. Strip of brown leather stitched around instep on outside with embossed leaves. Leather bow on front with painted white scolloped piece of leather on top held in place by cross strips of brown crocodile skin and guilt button. Made by McIntosh Trueform Shoes, Sydney and Melbourne.

According to the City of Yarra, the Trueform Boot and Shoe Co Pty Ltd was first listed at 43 Groom Street, Collingwood, in 1924. The Company remained there until 1936, but by 1938 had gone into liquidation. Author Alan Marshall worked at the Trueform factory as an accountant during the early 1930s Depression and recorded his experiences in his autobiographical novel How Beautiful Are Thy Feet. The factory was referred to as the 'Modern Shoe Company'.

In How beautiful are thy feet, Alan Marshall described the manufacturing process and the hardship of the working conditions (1979, pp 19-20).

Physical Description

Pair of court shoes made of brown leather. Louis heel. Strip of brown leather stitched around instep on outside with embossed leaves. Leather bow on front with painted white scolloped piece of leather on top held in place by cross strips of brown crocodile skin and guilt button. Leather heel grip on inside.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community, Working Life & Trades, Clothing & Textiles

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Miss A. V. Fraser, /1987

  • Date Made

    1924-1936
    Dates based on period of operation of the company in Melbourne. Note that they also operated in Sydney - further research is required.

  • Inscriptions

    Text, Number '2' embossed underneath instep. Leather lining with label inside inscribed 'McIntosh/Trueform SHOES/SYDNEY & MELBOURNE.

  • Classification

    Clothing, Female, Footwear

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Overall Dimensions

    21 cm (Length), 7.5 cm (Width), 10.5 cm (Height)

  • References

    Author Alan Marshall worked at the Trueform factory as an accountant during the early 1930s Depression and recorded life in the factory in his autobiographical novel How Beautiful Are Thy Feet. The factory was referred to as the 'Modern Shoe Company'.

  • Keywords

    Boot & Shoemaking, Fashion, Fashion Design