Innes Embossing Stamp
Note that this project was completed in 2015, and in 2016 another slipper maker unveiled an embossed Innes stamp that they claim can't be found anywhere else. A lot of my ideas get copied as my slippers are often imitated, but never duplicated!
Until now, people only had two options when it came to marking their base shoes as "Innes Shoe Co." shoes - either using a replica cloth label, or using a rubber stamp loaded with gold pigment (either paint or from an ink pad). In my opinion, the rubber stamps leave a somewhat cheap looking stamp in the shoes. The pigments themselves are not dark nor metallic enough to match the original shoes, and the pigment only sits on the top layer of the cream colored leather. In reality, the original metallic stamps were placed on the insoles of the shoes using metallic foil and heat embossing, leaving the Innes logo much darker and more metallic looking than what people have offered thus far. The logo itself is also burned into the leather, meaning there is a very slight depression where the logo is stamped.
As I'm a stickler for accuracy, I decided that a rubber stamped logo was not something I wanted to offer in my shoes. I recently created a metal embossing stamp that will allow me to stamp the leather insoles of my future shoes with the Innes logo using metallic gold foil. The logo stamp I am currently using follows one of the Innes logo designs used in the late 1930's, after Innes had opened their third location. This logo varies from the cloth labels I've seen that are authentic to Innes, in that the stamps do not have the decorative elements in the corners, and the last line has a decorative "X" mark between "Pasadena" and "Los Angeles." A number of other Innes logos have been seen in recent times, each from slightly varying timeframes. My logo reads:
INNES SHOE CO.
PASADENA X HOLLYWOOD
Depending on which type of foil I use, I am able to make the gold appear bright and new or worn away and old.