1950s Kroydon Golf Shoes by Endicott Johnson

Was it the snappy red color with the contrasting black trim, or was it the tee holder with the three yellow tees?  I can’t really say, but something really sold me on this pair of vintage golf shoes.

I placed the dating of  1950s on these mainly from clues on the shoe box.

First, the guys in the photograph are straight from the mid 50s, plaid golf bags and all.

But the best clue was on the Kroydon logo, where it reads, “Golf leadership for over 40 years.”  Solid information about Kroydon was a bit hard to come by, but I found several old ads for Kroydon golf clubs on ebay.  I found that the company was located in Maplewood, New Jersey.  From there I googled “Kroydon, Maplewood” and found a reference to the company in a 1940s book called Prominent Families of New Jersey.  According to the book, Kroydon was established in 1918.

While Kroydon made golf clubs, they also must have had agreements with other manufacturers to produce golf accessories that were marketed under the Kroydon name.  Endicott Johnson was a large shoe manufacturer located in southern New York state.

Whenever I find sportswear in unused condition, I wonder about the person who owned it.  Did this woman want to learn the game, but never made the time for it?  Did her golfer husband buy them for her for Christmas, hoping that she would pick up the game?  Or did a conservative dresser buy them, hoping to snazz up her style, but then lost the nerve?  I’d love to know the real story.

UPDATE:  I have heard from the great-great-grandson of the owner of Croyden:

Kroyden was a subsidiary of Kraueter & Company founded by Augustus Kraueter (who was my great great grandfather) in Newark NJ  ca 1860 and primarily manufactured small hand tools. They got into the golf business shortly after the First World War by forging the heads for irons and then developed steel shafts for clubs in lieu of hickory, The Kroyden factory was located in Maplewood, NJ as you stated in your post.







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12 responses to “1950s Kroydon Golf Shoes by Endicott Johnson

  1. Those sure are snappy looking shoes! I can see why you had to add them to your collection. And yes, the story behind the Mint In Box vintage is sometimes as interesting to ponder as the well loved items!


  2. susanstrawn

    Hello, Lizzie –

    Will you please share the source of your advertisement for an embroidered Mexican tourist jacket? I am working on an article on this topic for a peer-reviewed journal and trying to track down more ways that these jackets were sold in the U. S.

    Thank you!

    Susan Strawn

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Susan, back when fashion magazines had a section for mail order ads, those jackets were often offered for sale. I’ve seen them in magazines like Glamour and Charm in issue from the late 1940s and into the 50s.


  3. Teresa

    So true about wondering about new old stock / in box vintage! And those shoes are wonderful, I love how they’re cute and practical with the tee holders.


  4. What beautiful shoes! And the tee holders make them extra special.


  5. vastlycurious.com

    Wonderful detail !!


  6. What wild shoes! I don’t pay attention to golf clothes, but I’m sure I would have noticed those. And I agree with you about the stories behind the objects. When I don’t know the real information, it’s really fun to make up stories to match the objects.


  7. Christina

    Shoes with personality. Every element of these shoes is perfect.


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