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Florsheim by Duckie Brown Cordovan Shoe & Boot Thread

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

  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    Meh. Received the burgundy shell boots. Im convinced Florsheim India doesnt have a finishing department. Even though they ar made from Horween Cordovan, these look like shit out of the box. Dry, no luster whatsoever.

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    So what's your plan of attack on these going to be, assuming you keep them? Are you going to saphir these up and/or brush them?

    And what did you do with the wingtips at the start of this thread regarding care? I've become fond of mine despite not being super lustrous and my having now noticed some small dark spots. The color has really grown on me, particularly how the different pieces of leather change shade depending on lighting. And the lacquer smell has worn off. I also noticed the vertical leather piece on the outside back of the heel is not straight. But again, for the price, I'll use them as casual shoes and be happy.

    I think the made in India thing is definitely showing some weaknesses. They're probably trying to modernize/mechanize high end shoe making there, but don't have enough experience yet to do it properly. Also, the strong lacquer smell makes me worry about working conditions...
     
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    However, I can't stop thinking of Domo every time I look at them! Of course, not a problem when wearing them.
     
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    Like to know how they hold up after a few months of beating. The first (and last) pair of Florsheim that I purchased, the color ran and got whiteish and blotchy after some contact with snow and ice and water. I sent them to Florsheim after I tried to polish it out, and they said that I had runined them. I was not happy to throw away two month old shoes. That being said, I wear my EG, Alden, and C&J in all weather conditions and never had that problem.
     


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    I shipped them back this afternoon. Imo, they fit about a half size big. $430ish is a touch high for iffy cordovan boots made in India. Would jump on the chance to own these at >$350 in size 11.5
     
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  7. kmdsimpson

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    Namor, how did your wingtips break in? I wore mine for the first time last night. Stiff, which is fine, as they're brand new and double soled. But the heel bed is hard as a rock. I was on my feet for a while and my heels were hurting. Think I may have to put in an insole.

    Otherwise, very happy with them.
     


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    You're right, they are very stiff. I haven't noticed the rock heel yet but overall I would say they are comfortable. How do they fit on you? I went tts and they are slightly too big but I dot know if I could have sized down
     


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    I went TTS on mine, as well. I actually got a little bit of heel slippage initially, but that was partly due to not having laced them tight enough due to their stiffness. Once I did that it was better. They are a little big, but there's not enough room to size down. I am likely slightly in between sizes, but I prefer more toe room rather than having my toes touch the front. I think they will be fine once they bend a little. I'm wearing sort of medium weight cotton Pantherella socks with them, rather than thin dress socks.

    Also - really, really slippery at first. When I took them off I noticed that it was due to the soles being painted. With the sole paint and the stiffness, it was a little tricky at first.

    All in all, I think they will be fine once they break in. They're a great casual shoe with jeans.

    .. and if I do put insoles in, I think they will fit well.
     
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    I had to get used to the slippery soles as well. Very slippery at first but nothing unusual with new shoes

    Everything I have read about this shoe suggests they run big by 1/4 of size. Btw, what does your heel look like? Did it appear disfigured?
     


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    No my heel looks OK. I wasn't sure what you meant about the heel on your first pair? Somehow it was too big?
     


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    yes, if you look at some of the LW pics, youll see that the heel opening is fairly large and shaped like a lopsided oval. The shoe is already slightly large, so the combination of a large opening coupled with the double leather sole makes for an awkward first few wears. Btw, Im glad you pair is working out for you. Aside from a few of the issues mentioned, its a really nice shoe. I havent had any buyers remorse. The whiskey color and last are wins for me
     
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    Ah, yes, I see what you mean - the big Domo mouth. Mine were like that out of the box - I don't know why they get squished like that in shipping. But they have reshaped themselves after wearing. What is odd on mine is the vertical strip on the outside of the back heel - one seems to have straightened out some, while one is still slightly crooked.

    If these were $600 Aldens or more more expensive English shoes, they'd be going back. For their price point, I guess can't complain.

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    They look pretty good from here. Nothing some Renovateur + elbow grease could improve?
     


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