Ernest Hemingway Shoe Collection

Shoe company Thomas Raymond and Co. have teamed up with Ernest Hemingway’s son, Patrick Hemingway, to create a line of Hemingway inspired footwear. The Ernest Hemingway Collection consists of different types of loafers, handmade in El Salvador. They’re divided into “literary,” “angler,” and “sportsman” collections.

According to Patrick Hemingway, his dad would be impressed with the collection. “Hemingway was very fond of loafers,” he said.

The price of the shoes average about $180.

What do you think of this venture?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

James Aaron McCullough July 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Without actually trying on a pair, I think it is a half-assed attempt whore Hemingway’s name out like a crack whore selling her dubious favors. The shoes look like any other slip-on. What are the indicia of credibility here that make me want these over a pair of Dockers that cost 1/4 as much? I can’t see such.

Bill July 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

@James Aaron McCullough

I don’t think one can “whore” something out like a “whore”… I’m just saying.

My opinion of the shoes. They look pretty sweet to me. I tend to agree with James’ sentiment though, if not his fervor.

Ross Klein July 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hemingway would *hate* this (if I may speak for Hemingway). Good grief. Why not market “Hemingway canned fish,” because he wrote about a fish.

I’m gonna go polish my couple pair of loafers and weep for a time when the greats weren’t whored out…

Tyrie July 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I want them. I want them all.

Eileen Galen July 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

The hilarious and ridiculous thing here is the flabby prose used in the description of each shoe. EH would have sued! He was adamant that you don’t need to gussy up a sentence to make your point. Gang! Rewrite those descriptions to honor the dead, please.

Kate July 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Those loafers look very sophisticated!

Jack July 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm

How would you have known he’d hate them, Ross Klein? Just like nobody can know if he would like these. You speak for Hemingway? Did you know the man personally like his children did? I’m guessing not.

Gerard Quinn July 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I know he’s revered as a “man’s man,” but he also had a very nasty side, which included boasting of shooting a teenage German boy in the back. Whether he did it or not, it’s not something a man would boast of. So I don’t want a shoe named for him!

Aubrey July 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I know these shoes cost more, but it’s nice to see something hand-crafted these days and not made on an assembly line.

Alan Lee July 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I agree with James I have seen the same style at discount stores and the high end for less with the same quality

Hunter Mickow August 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I think these shoes look great. The color schemes are great and the unique designs are executed in a way of sophistication like Hemmingway’s work.

poisonokie August 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I got some at half-price from Herrington, and they are, indeed, very nice. Fit perfectly, and comfortable, as well as being unique. Once gone, there will be no more. His family approves, so, no whoring here. (EH did some whoring himself, if you’ve read his stories – so what’s the problem?). Plus, I did a little Hemingway-esque adventuring myself in SE Asia at one time, so why not boast a little – your Calvin Klein and Sperry can’t profess to that now, can they? Anyway – this line is out of business, and Herrington bought all remaining stock, so get ‘em while you can. Half price. Good stuff.

remlig October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I’ve been wearing boat shoes for many years and these are truly the best quality you can find, especially now that the company is defunct and the remaining shoes are being sold at big discounts. How many fully leather lined boat shoes have you seen? I’ve bought several pairs knowing there will soon be no more.

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Jacob Rabit May 9, 2014 at 2:48 am

I actually own a pair of these shoes. I own 3 pairs of sperry’s and tried many others but NONE hold to the quality of these Earnest Hemingway shoes. Vibram lifetime warranty sole, leather with metal ringlets to add to the fancy design on the outside, and leather for the inside. Every time I wear those shoes they get more comfortable and fit my foot that much better. I wish I could find more 11 1/2 of this shoe because even as a broke college student I’d buy as many as I could. I have worn it a lot in 3 years, and it is STILL in great shape.

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Henry DeLeeuw April 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I love these shoes. People like James McCulloch never learned how to speak with decency and civility.

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