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Hahaha, I thought this same thing today. Was at a symposium where the obvious rockstar giving the best talk was sporting beige worsted pants, high-quality wool or wool+silk blend slate-blue jacket, white twill button-collar, and then these crazy kelly green wingtips. Wingtips were cool, but was so irritated that they didn't gel with the rest of the look, which was also cool. Of course he could get away wearing it, since he had the technical chops to speak for his lack of sartorial tact, but I wished he'd gone harder. At first glance I almost suspected it was Klobber until I saw the shoes.... but then I realized wrong sub-field anyway.
Sweet. I find two pairs of forgotten Nantucket reds, and The Onion posts this: http://www.theonion.com/articles/man-purchasing-pair-of-red-pants-better-be-ready-t,32136/
Holy shit that's spot on. Which is, of course what makes it so funny.
Hmm. I've seen Biltrite heels before, but never like those and usually, if not always, as replacement heels, so I'm thinking those heels are not original. If you have to ask, I'm guessing that there is no indication inside the shoes. The old school Florsheim grails always have Imperial embroidered on the inner side and printed on the insole--the insole can wear off, but the inner side label is permanent. Do the soles have the five-nail pattern at mid-shoe? Any country of origin indicated?
I have two pairs of Imperials sans v-cleat and without the embroidered inner labels that are still very nice and made in USA (off-shore Florsheims are crap). I believe they have rubber heels, but I'm out of town at the moment and can't recall for sure. Certainly, they don't have heels like that. If they aren't Florsheim, Hanover and Nettleton also made equally nice longwings back in the day.
I guessed Florsheim because the only time I've seen these heels was on a pair of shell LWBs I picked up a few months back that were clearly marked as Flors, but these don't have the interior embroidered lablel - I wasn't sure if the heels were aftermarket or not.
There are a few gold letters visible in the heel pad but not enough for a positive ID, and the sizing letters/numbers could be any number of makers. No C/O indicated, but these are on par with older Florsheims and similar quality USA made shoes I've handled in past, solid goodyear welt and all that. I'm not too stressed about the maker as I am keeping them but yeah, it's always fun to try and figure out whoe made 'em.