PEAL BOOTS & TREES (PEAL & CO. BRITISH ARMY OFFICERS BOOTS)
Founded in 1791 by Samuel Peal, Peal & Co. were shoemakers of great repute with a far reaching global client list that included crowned heads of Europe, Presidents and Hollywood royalty, such as Rudolph Valentino, Fred Astaire, Mr & Mrs Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Steve McQueen amongst others.
These Second World War private purchase officers boots have the original Peal’s “S.P.” shoe trees, gold foil blocked logo inside and hobnail soles, and have taken on the patina of polished prize-winning conkers.
Peal & Co. finally closed their doors in 1965, and the name was bought by Brooks Brothers who still make a range of footwear under the Peal name.
Words Simon/photos Nic Shonfeld