Presidential shoes : Harry S. Truman’s collection.

‘Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.’
Harry S. Truman

Today as I sat with my morning coffee, flicking through the daily select few blogs and sites I came across something that made me stop. I was in a shoe based trance for a few minutes, flicking from one image to another and then back again. These shoes belong to Harry S Truman – documented by the Harry S Truman National Park Service and working with the extremely interesting Gentleman’s Gazette. This exclusive curation of the 33rd President of the USA (1945 – 1953) shoe collection shows the amount of styles and varieties he owned.
Now I can honestly admit – I’m not hot on american politics, but what I do know is that if the saying ‘you can trust a man by his shoes’ is anything to go by then Truman was one noble gentleman.

Truman owned a total of 96 pairs of shoes. He was a size 7.
A sartorialist in his own right, he varied selection of unusual shoes that most presidents of the 20th century would now have had lining the floor or shoe racks in the white house.

Reddish brown oxford wingtip brogue shoes - note the cross lacingReddish brown oxford wingtip brogue shoes

Truman in light colored suit and Oxford shoesTruman in light colored suit and Oxford shoes

Truman in dark shoes on March 27, 1952, upon the return of the Truman family to the White House after renovationsTruman March 27, 1952- returning to White house after a 3 and half year renovation

White buckskin summer shoesWhite buckskin summer shoes

Looking at the collection it seemed that Truman had stronger draw to a summer shoes.

Truman in white shoes aboard a shipTruman in white shoes aboard a ship

saw quite a bit of wear

Truman in white summer shoes

A full brogue buckskin summer shoe with leather sole & goodyear weltA full brogue buckskin shoe with leather sole & Goodyear welt – one of my favourites

Truman loved spectatorsTruman was a real fan for spectators

Truman in 4x2 summer suit with spectators

White dark brown & white alligator croc spectator by NettletonWhite dark brown & white alligator spectator by Nettleton – these are something!

Interesting Norwegian style split toe derby spectator shoes by Ike Kempner Shoes for  TrumanNorwegian style split toe derby spectator shoes by Ike Kempner Shoes

Truman with mustache at Reserve training at Fort Riley, Kansas in July 1927Kansas in July 1927

Square toe monk strap shoe from Harry S. TrumanSquare toe monk strap shoe

Made in Canada by Nicholas AlianielloMade in Canada by Nicholas Alianiello

Truman on the beachTruman on the beach

Colorful canvas summer shoesColorful canvas summer shoes

Summer shoes with crepe sole in mint conditonCrepe sole in mint
From the beach to the ballroom –

Elegant Florsheim evening shoes as worn by Harry S. TrumanFlorsheim evening shoes

Florsheim label inside Truman's evening shoesFlorsheim label

Harry S. Truman with captoe oxfords and cowboy bootsCaptoe oxfords and cowboy boots

Extraordinary, fake fur lined bootFake fur lined boot

Obviously, they were never worn

Truman in the same two tone shoes on July 6, 1957 - the day the Truman Library opened together with HooverTruman in the same two tone shoes on July 6, 1957

Grey fabric - black leather two tone shoes from the 1950's1950s Grey fabric – black leather two tone shoes

He was also a big fan of slippers …

Hand embroidered flowery slippersHand embroidered flowery slippers

but Truman never wore them

Leather house slippers - that show quite some wearHis ultimate choice – the classic leather slip on

English house slippers by Church's EnglandEnglish house slippers by Church’s England

Finally a pair of blue velvet house slippers with leather sole and HT embroidery.

Monogrammed velvet slippers of Truman - note the HT is engraved upside downVelvet slippers of Truman – note the HT is engraved upside down

Truman’s estate consisted of 5 pairs of boots, just 1 pair of loafers, 4 pairs of sandals, 42 pairs of regular shoes, 3 deck shoes, and an astonishing 21 slippers.
A stylish diplomat that no doubt gave attention to his country but also to his attire.

Want to know more head over to Gentleman’s Gazette-

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