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The 5 Nails on Vintage Florsheims. What purpose do they serve?

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Its been on my mind. They never really meet the floor.

Edit- Here a quick pic for those not in the know.
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Paging Teacher...
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Anyone?
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I would like to know this too.

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Anyone up to phoning them? Weyco-Florsheim 1 414 908 1600
I have messaged Teacher but he hasn't logged in for some time. He used to work for Florsheim and knows the brand history very well.
I can only speculate that they served a need of some sort or were decorative indicators of the Imperial line. The old school thinking would lend me to believe they originally served a need but who knows?
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I wonder if it is a nailed version of a pegged waist.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/47823/what-is-the-purpose-of-a-pegged-waist-on-shoes

I think the conclusion there boiled down to it not serving an actual purpose on a standard shoe.
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I wonder if it is a nailed version of a pegged waist.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/47823/what-is-the-purpose-of-a-pegged-waist-on-shoes

I think the conclusion there boiled down to it not serving an actual purpose on a standard shoe.

 

Unlikely for functional purposes.  They are drove all the way through the insole even with a storm welt all the way around.

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Hi guys. I'll be perfectly honest: I've never figured it out myself. I have those old shoes, and I've never noticed them making any sort of difference. Probably some marketing ploy. (The nails on the heels DO help quite a bit with wear and tear, though.)

Just for clarification: I never worked for Florsheim. I sold them at an independent shoe store, back when they were USA made.
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Teacher, my mistake and thank you for clarifying.
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Thanks for the help guys. I am leaning towards a marketing ploy too.
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Hi guys. I'll be perfectly honest: I've never figured it out myself. I have those old shoes, and I've never noticed them making any sort of difference. Probably some marketing ploy. (The nails on the heels DO help quite a bit with wear and tear, though.)

Just for clarification: I never worked for Florsheim. I sold them at an independent shoe store, back when they were USA made.

The nails on the heels do make a major difference in wear. They are also hell on marble floors. I wore a pair to a meeting on the Hill once. Never again...
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The nails on the heels do make a major difference in wear. They are also hell on marble floors. I wore a pair to a meeting on the Hill once. Never again...

 

They help you learning how to skate.  Fast.

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They help you learning how to skate.  Fast.

I am a very, very good skater. Can keep up with minor league pros level, at least in terms of speed, though I can't do agility drills as well as they can. Nearly always the best in any beer league or pickup game I'm in. Trust me, the skill does not help you much when it comes to nailed heels and polished floors.
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Folks:

 

Speculation on my part.

 

These are "Gunboats".

 

The first defining characteristic of a Gunboat is double soles (correct me if I'm off base here).

 

And when you add a second sole, you need the nails to keep the 2nd sole correctly attached to the first sole during the flexing incurred during walking. 

 

The main reason I believe they are not cosmetic (ie just to facilitate sales) is that this shoe is literally one of the best manufactured shoes in the industry.  Adding nails increases manufacturing costs without necessarily increasing sales to cover those costs.  And here I maybe off base also because the Florsheim Company defined marketing practices for the industry.

 

This thread has gone silent, and I personally feel this is important information for the "flagship shoe style" of the Florsheim Company.

 

I'm hoping someone will dismantle an old pair and see if the nails are used to keep arch components in place, etc.

 

Also if folks know of anyone who worked in the Florsheim factories of this period, that will help also.

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