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Florsheim by Duckie Brown Cordovan Shoe & Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    looks good N. FWIW ive been pleased with mine. quality is mediocre....but the price was so low i really cant bitch. mine has developed a bit of something near the seam...almost like a layer is peeling off? hard to explain. ill snap a pic this evening.
     
  2. Tommi

    Tommi Senior member

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    Does last shape of Florsheim by Duckie Brown longwings differ from that of good ol' Florsheim Imperial longwings?
     
  3. Kwaker

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    I have 2 pairs of calf Kenmoors and a pair of Duckie Brown shell cordovan longwings. All 3 pairs are made in India and fit the same ... same last.
     
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  4. Kwaker

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    EDIT ... all 3 pairs I mention above are 8.5D, but after wearing the Duckie Browns recently, I was reminded that it fits up to a half-size bigger than the Kenmoors. I had to install a tongue pad in the DB to take up space. But otherwise, the last shape is the same.
     
  5. droid

    droid New Member

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    Recently picked up a pair of old black bal cap toe Florsheims. Any idea when they were made, what the model is? The instep displays the codes "121275 F" and "20331." I've inquired with Florsheim customer reps, but they haven't gotten back to me yet. I'll post here if they do. Thanks!

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  6. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    I think I know what you are referring to. DB "paints" their shell with a thin veneer to enhance the color. I've also seen this on a black pair. Gives the shell some extra shine. As far as I know, "painting" shell is a common industry practice but companies like Alden are much more effective at it (e.g. Color #8).
     
  7. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    came across this pic, i think through SF..

    can anyone shed light on the pair on the right? current/upcoming model? old pic, long retired?

    thanks in advance

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  8. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    Navy cordovan brogue boots arrived from New York a few days ago. Making a long story short: blob-like but close-fitting last, weak stiffeners on heel and toe, poor lasting around heel, a few unpunched brogue holes, some stitchings askew, true Made in India quality but at least the Horween cordovan is the real McCoy. A decent find on eBay but (was) not worth the trouble at full prices. The last has a close fit around the ball of foot, elsewhere I'd say it's an X; not large enough to size up but will need thick socks or separate insoles. The navy shade is a cold one instead of the usual dark blue.

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  9. cannan

    cannan Senior member

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    Previously made. They were for sale and may still be by a member here (Namor).
     
  10. PeterL

    PeterL Senior member

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    if anyone have a pair of 7.5D for sale. Please pm me. thanks
     
  11. Kwaker

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    I purchased this pair of burgundy cordovan LWBs from rennavate. But since I already had a pair of Alden 975s, I felt comfortable in experimenting with this pair. What I basically did was to expose them to this winter's sun for a good 2 months ... as expected, they lightened up considerably from a uniform dark burgundy to an uneven reddish-brown colour . Unfortunately, they have also become quite dry and so I will eventually need to condition them. Overall, I like the accelerated patina ... now only worn with denim and khakis.

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  12. rebel222

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    Instead of the AE cordovan cream, which will probably darken them some, I would try Saphir Renovateur. I use it occasionally on my shell cordovan, and it seems to absorb well into and nourish shell cordovan.
     
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  13. Kwaker

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    The AE cordovan cream certainly imparted some pigment. I'll be wearing them again to determine how long it takes for the pigment to wear off.
     
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    What's the verdict on the DB Florsheims? I'm looking at a pair (not shell) and am wondering if I should size down a half size or if that's only for the shell shoes.

    Thanks!
     
  15. coolarrow

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    TTS has worked well for me in the non shell.
     
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    Thanks!

    How wide are they at the toe? I wear an 8.5D in AE but also own some of their 8E's which tend to fit better.
     
  17. coolarrow

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    Mine are a little tapered in the toe. Similar to AEs 333 last, which I think is AE's most european last.
     
  18. NAMOR

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    yeah the taper on the DB is pretty nice. dare i say its very sleek for a blucher classic american style shoe
     
  19. ridethecliche

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    Okay, so you guys would advise going TTS. Taper would imply more space or less? I have 8.5 AE Shell Leeds (PTB) and they're too big.

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  20. md2010

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    I wear most AE 8 EEE and DB 8 d fits well. I believe they are 1/4 size larger than TTS. The shell used in DB very good and triple leather Goodyear welting is rock solid. If occasional care is taken they could easily last 20++ years.
     
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