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Vintage Florsheim Imperial Longwings - worth it?

post #1 of 19
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I keep seeing those all over the forums - are they that good? Worth trying to track down? What should I be looking for - specific characteristics, features, etc??
post #2 of 19
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Apparently not...
post #3 of 19
^^ At the risk of getting flamed, you should post this in MC. Personally, if they are shell cordovan, why wouldn't it be worth it ? vintage or otherwise..
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Flambeur View Post
Apparently not...

Old Florsheims were made in the US and are really nice. I picked up a pair on B&S. Something around $100 for calfskin or $200-$250 for shell would be fair - provided that the shoes are in great condition.

I'm not a fan of Florsheim's made in India products at all. It's better to hold out for 2nd hand Aldens, Allen Edmonds, or Crockett & Jones.
post #5 of 19
All of my nicer shoes are Vintage Florsheim, the build quality is slightly above modern day Allen Edmonds IMO. A good range of styles and colors are also available if you hunt for a while. I came across an older pair of beaten up chestnut monkstraps (calf) that I conditioned, cleaned, and polished that looked like a new pair of shoes. The quality really was there once.

post #6 of 19
^ nice, usually don't like monkstraps either
post #7 of 19
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^

nice, usually don't like monkstraps either

+1.

Do you have any photos of the shoes before you conditioned them?
post #8 of 19
Among vintage Florsheim shoes, only some came from their high-end Imperial line. Then, among these, only some are worth it; pay special attention to those with full leather sole and heel (that look particularly gorgeous when unworn) with double rows of nails. These were usually made before the 90s IIRC.

Poster Teacher knows a thing or two about this stuff. Perhaps you should drop him a line.
post #9 of 19
I'd have to say no. However If you find some I'd like to be notified.
post #10 of 19
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I'd have to say no. However If you find some I'd like to be notified.

post #11 of 19
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So I decided to track some down. Got a great deal on a medium brown pair - pebble grain, v-cleat, excellent condition other than some minor wear. OMG they are fucking awesome. A lot less bulky and a lot better looking than what I expected. They look soo cool with jeans, and hopefully with cords (haven't tried yet) But seriously, they way they feel, the quality of the leather, I can totally see what the fuss is all about. I'm definitely going to be looking for a few more of those, probably burgundy and black.
post #12 of 19
I think they're worth it because "vintage" ones are usually found cheap and for that shoe a great deal

but I never thought the leather on them (vintage or otherwise) was really anything special. But they fit really well and I like Florsheim's toe medallion pattern
post #13 of 19
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All of my nicer shoes are Vintage Florsheim, the build quality is slightly above modern day Allen Edmonds IMO. A good range of styles and colors are also available if you hunt for a while. I came across an older pair of beaten up chestnut monkstraps (calf) that I conditioned, cleaned, and polished that looked like a new pair of shoes. The quality really was there once.



Lovely! I fancy these.

Found a pair of NOS Imperial longwings. I'm contemplating on grabbing them since I could get them for a little more than a $130
post #14 of 19
I recently got these for $15 shipped on ebay. they're practically new without any imprints inside and the soles are barely worn.

these are pictures i took from the auction, i'll post more later if you're interested.




Also, I was wondering if these are made in the US. I assume from the double leather sole and the v cleat on the heel that they are...
post #15 of 19
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I recently got these for $15 shipped on ebay. they're practically new without any imprints inside and the soles are barely worn.

these are pictures i took from the auction, i'll post more later if you're interested.




Also, I was wondering if these are made in the US. I assume from the double leather sole and the v cleat on the heel that they are...

Those are sweet, and look to be same type/condition/leather that I have, except the color.
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