What is the history of Florsheim in terms of the quality of their shoes? Since joining this forum I have realized something. My dad used to have a few nice pairs of shoes that he wore. He had several pairs of Florsheim shoes. I remember back in the 60s that dad wore wingtips. I am amused looking back at how "old man" those shoes appeared and that at some point in my life I determined that those shoes weren't so bad looking. When I started looking at shoes on eBay, I would see Florsheim shoes for sale and wonder why they looked so cheap. Then occasionally a shell cordovan model would come up that looked older and better made. It was confusing. Then, I read a short blurb that stated Florsheim shoes used to be pretty good, but that was the end of the statement. I remember dad's shoes having brass nails in the heels and even a metal triangle in the heel area, which now I realize was to help minimize heel wear. But here was the kicker. Mom likes to store certain things in old shoe boxes. She's over 80 years old now and dad has been gone for a long time, but some of his shoe boxes are used for storage. I noticed a Florsheim box from years and years ago (probably 1960s) and it had a price on the box of $65. That must have been quite a bit of money to pay for a pair of shoes back then for a blue-collar worker such as dad. So here it is, 30 years later and I wish I could catch a glimpse of dad's shoes again. Perhaps even fit in a pair, just to try them out. So does anyone know of what quality Florsheim shoes used to be? Were they among the upper crust of RTW American shoes at one time?
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3/4/04 at 3:53pm