No man, we just missed you. We need the E to regulate.
So, these are the in between super awesome vintage and SF-despised International Meh Florsheims. As far as I can tell.
If you're like me, you'll find these will look good, feel good, and you can wear 'em when it's damp out or other hard service when you'd rather preserve your better finds (i.e. when you're out with pals who'll spill beer on them). I even have some recent International Meh Florsheims, Topy'd, for all-day trade show tromping where I routinely log 12,000+ steps on the Fitbit. Won't run into judgmental SF'ers there, and I'm still out-dressing all but the richest doctors and CEO's in the room. Just my 2 cents, go for it
Still sick as a dog. Wife, though, is worse off, on antibiotics and bed rest. Grabbed the kids off the bus after school and whisked them on an hour-each-way thrift trip (they got to find some books and toys while I ripped the racks, and at the end, a favorite diner of theirs, to them a huge reward) to give her some damn quiet.
This honey hole yielded Paul Stuart suits and some other nice things I'm too damned tired to shoot and post, so unicorn me if you want, ha! BUT my fave find of the night was a pair of pebblegrain nettleton's wing tippahs...they looked so harsh and nasty but I knew there was a fine pair of shoes underneath:
While I will never be experienced or talented at shoe reclamation as the pro dealers like Wes or passionate as some of the shoe fetishists on SF whose posts I love reading and learn new things every time I read them...I was happy with the results after cleaning with elbow grease, Lexol'ing, putting the heel back together with awl and tack hammer, removing odor eaters, Meltonian polish, new waxed black laces, and applying that damn vile edge ink crap that eats your lungs worse than Marlboro Reds...and this is how they turned out:
I wish I could shoot pictures as well as Wes. The transformation was more dramatic in person, but you can see at least some of it. Also, won't hide my love affair anymore: Nettleton's are becoming my fave vintage shoe; I have found two pairs now in 9C -- these included -- and they are the perfect fit for me (how often do you see 9Cs?)