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post #76 of 96
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I pose to ban anyone from this forum that thinks a stacked heel is made from wood.

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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
They aren't wooden. There's no such thing.
You both wrong.
Me speak with factory and leading rtw shoe maker who show me heel made of wood.
lt more popular of late and will get more popular as time go on.
Leather heel is dying breed.
post #77 of 96
The Veblen looks great. Too bad no one sells them in Toronto (Canada).
I'd gladly wear a pair. You can't beat this price or quality for the money at full retail,
and if you can, post it.
post #78 of 96
Any opinion on wearing these

http://youhavebrokentheinternet.blog...rown-blue.html

with grey pants for dress/work, maybe khakis and lighter denim for casual? They look very sharp, I've never seen anyone else do a navy cordovan
post #79 of 96
There's GOTTA be a choice to replace those Veblens with a pair of Florsheim v-cleat longwings.

The new ones simply don't compare.

IF you can sub the v-cleats, then it should be:

Florsheim, Alden, AE (can't STAND the new "plastic" welt they use- feels cheap).

UNLESS, the Aldens are from their older stock as well. Like the Florsheims, the older Aldens are heavier & feel sturdier in my hands.

THEN:

Alden, Florsheim, AE.
post #80 of 96
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
There's a new longwing available from Florsheim called the "Veblen". (See: here)

Where does the Florsheim fit in with the Alden 975 and the Allen Edmonds MacNeil?


Can anybody explain what's the appeal of these shoes? These longwings all have the elegance of a brick wall. Ugh...
post #81 of 96
Florsheim screwed me once. I had purchased a brand new pair and I wiped them with a damp rag to get some dust off. The color came out of the leather. I tried polish, but they still looked like crap. I could not believe that new leather would lose its color like that so I brought them back to the store.

The store sent them back to Florsheim who took two months to tell me that I had used a strong chemical to clean them. I guess H2O falls under their "strong chemical" category. I wrote them a nasty letter telling them that it was my first and last pair of Florsheim shoes. I never went back to the store to pick them up and I will never buy another.

Take that for what its worth.
post #82 of 96
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post
Florsheim screwed me once. I had purchased a brand new pair and I wiped them with a damp rag to get some dust off. The color came out of the leather. I tried polish, but they still looked like crap. I could not believe that new leather would lose its color like that so I brought them back to the store. The store sent them back to Florsheim who took two months to tell me that I had used a strong chemical to clean them. I guess H2O falls under their "strong chemical" category. I wrote them a nasty letter telling them that it was my first and last pair of Florsheim shoes. I never went back to the store to pick them up and I will never buy another. Take that for what its worth.
$0.00
post #83 of 96
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post
$0.00

Well, $0.00 is exactly what Florsheims are worth to me.
post #84 of 96
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post
Well, $0.00 is exactly what Florsheims are worth to me.

THIS is exactly why it's necessary to stick with older Florsheims. The Kenmoor v-cleats are nice & very rugged shoes, while their newer stuff is CRAP. BUT, that's just one man's opinion.
post #85 of 96
I saw the Florsheims in person recently and they looked really cheapy. When you look into the holes of the design, the leather is all frayed and gross looking. In fact some holes were filled in with what looked like suede.
post #86 of 96
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Originally Posted by BBC View Post
Here's a pic of some better Florsheim longwings (by Duckie Brown)

pebble, burgundy shell, black shell


As a l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e wearer of Florsheim Kenmoor Imperials I have to say the Duckie on the left looks rather nice. (!) Don't care too much for the other two, don't like the Veblen - at all.

The Veblen unfortunately gives off a poor librarian look to me, as do the other two pair of brown shoes in the original post. I think of having to wear baggy clothes to 'complete' the look. But then again we are all talking about attitude in the long run. They will definately look good on some, not on others.
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post #88 of 96
Maybe vintage Kenmoor are better in quality than present production.
What do you think about it?
post #89 of 96

Gentlemen

     I just read the above site, and you all have personal points of view which is what style is all about. You will always look your best providing your appearance is neat & clean cut,

sans flashes of personnal extravogence's to the degree that it distracts from you. So I personally feel that the shoe as long as it is polished & clean and is not out of place for the most part will look good. Now that is not to say the perfect creation, as it is made for the most part by machine & man and then there is Murphy's Law. When there is a chance for something to go wrong it will. Third world artizens are few & far between, as their skills may not be up to par of the finest American & European craftsman. So accept it for what it is worth. Make a concession  you will always get what you pay for period; nothing is for free &on the  cheap today. Years ago way back in time I had Florschiem Imperials Wingtips that were built like a tank (were worn at least twice a week constantly with a polish every other week, resolded at leat 25 time and lasted a good 20 years - yes thats rite up till the day they died of the leather cracking). So yes the new ones are not the same as you will find this to apply to most everythiong today- it all comes down to cots & profit unfortuneatly. So for the most part we working class stiffs who are married & have kids have to live with a budget; so we buy what we need and hope Santa gets us what we desire and hope for in shoes when he can. So there you have it from a average Joe. I would love to have a pair of Aldens but they dont have EEE sizes from what I can see on their web sites. So I will stick to the Florsheims for now and for a dandy pair I will buy my first pair of AE this week to indulge. Dont be too harsh on the Florscheims they fill a need & price point for most of us!

post #90 of 96
Hey HRH, fck off.

I bought the dumb Veblens in the wine colorway. They were decent. Clunkier than a lwb needs to be. They use horween for the uppers, so that was cool.

You are all comparing apples to Ferraris.
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