"They don't make them like that anymore." This saying is especially true when it comes to dress shoes that were made in the USA. In prior decades US had numerous dress shoe brands that included lines of excellent, classic and well built shoes. Nettleton, Hanover, Alden, Allen Edmonds, Florsheim's Royal Imperial, Johnson & Murphy bench made and crown aristocraft and others dominated the market from 1950 to 1990. Sadly, some of those names are gone and some still survive, but in a cheaper, off-shore form that are ghosts of their former quality. Their former creations, however, still survive and are part of many shoe collections.
Just because a shoe is old, does not mean that it worthy of collection. Sometimes, an old shoe is just a old shoe and it needs to hit the trashcan. Other times, that old shoe is a classic gem that still has much to offer and is highly desirable to many. This thread is designed to provide a place to share information to help forum members know which vintage shoes are desirable and which are simply old shoes. While it is fun to look at shoe porn photos, it needs to also be a place for sharing methods for putting more life into a vintage style, how to maintain what you have and advice for problems.
So, let's start the thread with a class Florsheim Royal Imperial long wingtip. This classic designed originally features the five nail sole and v-cleat "suicide" heel. This particular shoe was made in 1969 and purchased off Ebay. Just a fresh polish and conditioning the sole with leather lotion was all that was needed.
So, what do YOU have to share?