This pair of slip on shoes, made in 1984 as a sample by eminent footwear designer and manufacturer, John Karandonis, exemplifies the characteristics that made the Karandonis brand a household name in Australia in the early 1970s and successive years. Synonymous with craftsmanship and style - qualities generally attributed at that time to European brands - this pair of shoes known as the 'JK' were handmade under the El Greco and Karandonis label in the very popular classic style. The shoes are defined by the use of quality raw materials, the elegance of the design and superior finish, which include hand lasting and hand stitching.
Designed to complement men's fashion, Karandonis footwear has a timeless quality still evident more than 30 years on. To devotees, price was never an issue; such was the reputation of shoes made by Karandonis.
Over the years, Karandonis shoes have received many industry accolades, featured in exhibitions, fashion shows and publications and been worn by many well known names in contemporary Australian society, like Gough Whitlam, Tony Barber and Bert Newton.
In recognition for his significant contribution to manufacturing in Australia, Karandonis received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday list, General Division for: 'Service to the footwear industry, particularly as a designer and manufacturer.'