Vintage Florsheim restoration

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  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

  2. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Specialty tool, years of knowledge. Interesting video!

    I've got a pair of Doc Martins that'll get the same treatment if the tops don't get too damaged as the bottoms wear out.
     
  3. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    I remember lusting after a similar pair of cordovan Florsheims in the early 80s. I could never see my way into coughing up a week's pay (back then) for a pair of shoes that would take me 2 years to break in.

    Had I bought them, no doubt I'd still have them.

    Classy, sharp, well made. I can see why he keeps saying he loves these shoes.
     
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  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    had an old pair of dayton black beauties from the early eighties. resoled twice and kept em polished. lasted me 30+ years,
     
  5. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    How is the quality of Florsheim shoes, now. Where are they made?
    The last pair of dress shoes I bought were Allen Edmonds, and the quality was spot on.
     
  6. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Good questions.

    I've looked at Florsheim safety shoes. Might try a pair one day.
     
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  7. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I have 2 pair of Florsheim. One a Derby and one a wing tip.
    Both bought within the last year. I also got the rubber instead of leather, just for more shock absorbing..
    I have a pair of loafers and j can't hardly wear them out. No noticable difference in quality that I can tell.
     
  8. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Don't know if it is true but read recently that this style (brogues) was intended to be more casual than dressy. I had always figured them as dressier shoes.
     
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  9. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    That is the same thing I learned as well.
    Wingtips and brouges are less casual.
    The less embellishments a particular item has, the fancier it is supposed to be.

    Great channel on youtube about it is "The Gentleman's Gazette"
     
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  10. AGHisBBS

    AGHisBBS Well-Known Member

    Great post! I too have been watching all of the videos from Bebo's. I like to see a craftsman at work and Steve is super positive.
     
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  11. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    I was fortunate to have a pair of black Florsheim wingtip safety shoes. I worked for a company that even required desk jockeys to have safety shoes. They were fantastic shoes and were deceptively comfortable. The wore like iron and looked great when polished. I had them resoled once, and it made them as good as new. I finally passed them on and replaced them with new safety shoes. Except for the added weight of the steel toes, I wish I still had them. I have no doubt someone is still wearing and enjoying them.

    I loved the video. I have an appreciation for things that are well made and for skilled artisans like the gent in the video. I have some 30-year old Cowboy boots that I may send to him for a refresh.
     
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