Woman's court shoe, brown suede, made by Allerton. Low, non-Louis heel, suede covered. Leather sole.

Part of the Harry Johns Boxing Troupe Collection, which comprises 77 objects, including a truck, tent, tressle tables, loud speakers, spotlight, tickets and clothing. Harry Johns was a boxing and wrestling entrepreneur who toured the agricultural shows of Australia's eastern states between the 1930s and 1960s.

Allerton Shoes was located in West Geelong. The factory apparently closed in 1995, having operated there from at least the 1950s. The name 'Allerton Shoes Pty Ltd' was registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission in February 1952 (ACN 004 294 115). The registration was still valid in 2010.

Prior to the registration of the name, an Allerton shoe was advertised in The Argus, 5 May 1948, p.2. It was described as 'beguiling green / a slender Allerton shoe', 'made by the hands of a master craftsman'. It was sold by K.O. Geiger of 181 and 248 Collins Street.

Physical Description

Court shoe, brown suede. Low, non-louis heel, suede covered. Leather sole. Foam rubber cushioned inner sole. Stitched fabric lining on inside vamp. Leather lining inside heel. Punch hole decoration on vamp and brown leather bow. Elastic underneath decorative panel. Brown leather trim around top of shoe and above sole. Well-worn.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Harry Johns Boxing Troupe Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Sustainable Futures, Clothing & Textiles

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mrs Francesca Rose, Mr Harry Johns, 22/04/1996

  • User

    Harry Johns' Boxing Troupe, Australia, 1930-1969

  • Inscriptions

    On sole in black lettering: 'Allerton/Handcraft'. On inner sole in gold lettering on brown leather sole: 'Italian Creations/By/Allerton/Foam Rubber/Cushioned/Innersole'.

  • Classification

    Clothing, Female, Footwear

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Object Dimensions

    26 cm (Length), 8 cm (Width), 10.5 cm (Height)

  • Dimensions

    250 mm (Length), 80 mm (Width), 103 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Measuring Method: Max. dimensions as per conservation requirements

  • References

    Refer 'Biographical cuttings on V. Beth Allerton, shoe company owner/operator, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals', early 20th century to 2000, National Library of Australia, 192720; BIOG.

  • Keywords

    Boxing Troupes