J. Press and Barrie Ltd. Booters
Spring or Fall, my Dad would usually spring (for me) for a pair of shoes at Barrie Ltd. Booters on York Street in New Haven. Right next to J. Press, this was a Saturday shopping experience for the young man – coached by his Dad. I remember a pair of Barrie’s slip on “loafers” were somewhere around $22. In the late 50′s and 60′s this was a considerable expenditure for some new kicks.
I remember vividly my Dad an my uncles buying shoes from Barrie’s. They knew quality and it looked good on them.
When it came to clothes, my Dad pointed me in the right direction. First J. Press; but I was poorer than dirt – but it stuck with me. He gave me some hand-me-downs that to this very day I wish I still had. The ties were a whole different deal — the stripes the regimentals, the pinpoints – all beautiful, clean and classy!