Forgotten Footwear Found 70 Years After Store Closes

Jan 8, 2015

When Redditor Oktober75 found himself pulling back the cobwebs on his family's long-defunct shoe store, he found himself entering a time capsule. The store, First Class Shoe Store, was open from the 1940s to the 1960s. It's been dormant ever since, exactly the way it was left more than 70 years ago.


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The store is almost hidden from the street between the security gate and the glare from the sun.


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It was run by the man's great grandmother until she fell ill 40 years ago and was forced to close. The store never reopened and none of the family members had much interest in managing and running the store. “I have no idea how profitable it was, perhaps that was a factor,” explains Oktober75 on Reddit. “My grandparents were known for hoarding. My guess is they went with the mentality, ‘it will be worth something one day’. That day came and went.”


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A pair of tartan saddle shoes were on trend 70 years ago.


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The gorgeous typography is still in style, though.


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Before Converse sold their classic high-top.


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Because of the heat and the dry air, many of the shoes are not in wearable condition. Some of the rubber soles are so brittle, they can't even bend. Still, a production company was happy to come in and purchase several hundred pairs of the retro shoes.


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“As children we didn’t pay much attention to the front of the building. We were going to visit grandma and grandpa," he says.


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So many of these shoes have the "Made in the USA" stamp on the boxes.


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Customers have sat on this wooden bench to try on their new pairs of shoes since the 40s.


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These shoes were into hipster vintage fashion way before you.


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At this point, the location for this vintage shoe museum remains a secret. “When we’re ready to draw attention, I’d be happy to share more details,” says Oktober75.

Credit: Messy Nessy Chic

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