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My Florsheim Imperials with locally replaced V-cleat heels.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, this is the first time I've started a thread here, after many years of lurking and learning. I bought some Florsheim Longwings on the bay a couple weeks ago (my third pair of Imperials), and the heels were a little more rounded and worn than I like. I stopped in to ask my local cobbler about a combo toplift, and he asked if they had the old leather heels. The guys then showed me a box full of new v-cleats and talked some about how they used to do them all the time. I took the shoes in the next time I was downtown, and a week and $23 later ($20 for the heels, $1 for each v-cleat, and $1 for some Meltonian dark brown creme), here are the results. Much simpler than the original rows of nails, but it will probably be less slippery too.

I may cover these with the plastic heel taps for protection and traction, what do you guys think?



post #2 of 13
Are the cleats steel?
post #3 of 13

whats the point of getting a v-cleat and cover up with rubber for traction?  why not just get rubber heels?

 

p.s., they seems much less durable than the original heels.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
They appear to be a mild steel. The box they were in was very old-school, probably had them for twenty or more years.


Here's a couple of V-cleat replacements I saw on the forum:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/241860/great-work-for-45-resoling-florsheim-kenmore-longwings

and

http://www.styleforum.net/t/104334/resoling-florsheim-shell-longwings-w-joh-redenbach#post_1782553


I was inspired by these threads to give it a go, once they said they could do it.

Regarding the taps - why not? I like the cleats, and I also like my wood floors. I like not slipping at work. The combo heels they showed me did not look that great, and I didn't want to bother with ordering a JR toplift. These guys are really old-timers. I guess I wanted to see what they could do. I agree they don't look as hardy as the originals, but for $22 it's worth it to me to give them a go.
post #5 of 13
They look good and the price was right. I would have probably added 2 v-cleats to fully protect the heel. They well seat in after you wear them a bit and they get wet.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Tried to reply just now, as I've had a few PMs about this repair, but I can't see my post so I am trying again. I wound up doing a couple coats of saphir renovateur, then a couple of coats of Kiwi neutral wax, then adding a plastic heel tap plate. I only wear them once a month or so but so far they are fine.



post #7 of 13
V cleats = certainty of an injury on modern honed or polished stone floors and any type of surface where aquaplaning is feasible.
post #8 of 13

Well, the shoes are beautiful; unfortunately my feet are too large to ever expect to find Imperials that fit, but I congratulate you.

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

Well, the shoes are beautiful; unfortunately my feet are too large to ever expect to find Imperials that fit, but I congratulate you.

Keep looking - they are so numerous on eBay (not just Imperials) that you will undoubtedly find a large or wide pair maybe NOS.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

V cleats = certainty of an injury on modern honed or polished stone floors and any type of surface where aquaplaning is feasible.
This.
I do like the sound they make.
post #11 of 13
Congratulaions on the restoration. Though I have a pair or two of the vintage Florsheims, I find that as I get older those cleats and nails are becoming more dangerous for me to walk in and prefer rubber on my heels.
post #12 of 13

could you give me a phone number or an address so i could have them replace my heels like they did yours?

 

delmax@aol.com

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post #13 of 13


I sent an email but i don't know if it went to you Andrewro. Really would like to have mine replaced like that.

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