This style of shoe would have formed part of the attire of a child's Sunday best. It shows the influence of adult men's and women's shoes of the same time, including the 'Gaiety Supreme' and 'Clarence' designs. It also demonstrates the Enoch Taylor & Co Pty Ltd patented 'Taylorwelt' method of construction, which was a cross between the Goodyear welt and silhouwelting methods.
This particular shoe belongs to a larger collection of shoes and printed and handwritten material from the Enoch Taylor & Co shoe archive. Enoch Taylor & Co was a shoe and boot manufacturing and distribution company founded in 1851 by Enoch Taylor in Port Phillip, Melbourne and from 1926 - 2004, the company was continuously managed by the Lee family. Today, the company continues to operate but under different management with all of its production taking place off-shore in Suva, Fiji.
Enoch Taylor & Co is best known for their "no squeeze fit" and specialty production of heavy duty footwear, including the 'T Boot'. The production of children's shoes, such as this example, ended in the 1970s when the company's focus shifted from fashion and everyday casual wear exclusively into industrial footwear production.
Assistant Curator Design, History and Society
Personal communication with Alastair Lee, 11th August 2009