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My Florsheim Imperials with locally replaced V-cleat heels.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andrewro, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. andrewro

    andrewro Member

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    Hi everyone, this is the first time I've started a thread here, after many years of lurking and learning. I bought some Florsheim Longwings on the bay a couple weeks ago (my third pair of Imperials), and the heels were a little more rounded and worn than I like. I stopped in to ask my local cobbler about a combo toplift, and he asked if they had the old leather heels. The guys then showed me a box full of new v-cleats and talked some about how they used to do them all the time. I took the shoes in the next time I was downtown, and a week and $23 later ($20 for the heels, $1 for each v-cleat, and $1 for some Meltonian dark brown creme), here are the results. Much simpler than the original rows of nails, but it will probably be less slippery too.

    I may cover these with the plastic heel taps for protection and traction, what do you guys think?

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  2. Patrologia

    Patrologia Senior member

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    Are the cleats steel?
     
  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    whats the point of getting a v-cleat and cover up with rubber for traction? why not just get rubber heels?

    p.s., they seems much less durable than the original heels.
     
  4. andrewro

    andrewro Member

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    They appear to be a mild steel. The box they were in was very old-school, probably had them for twenty or more years.


    Here's a couple of V-cleat replacements I saw on the forum:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/241860/great-work-for-45-resoling-florsheim-kenmore-longwings

    and

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/104334/resoling-florsheim-shell-longwings-w-joh-redenbach#post_1782553


    I was inspired by these threads to give it a go, once they said they could do it.

    Regarding the taps - why not? I like the cleats, and I also like my wood floors. I like not slipping at work. The combo heels they showed me did not look that great, and I didn't want to bother with ordering a JR toplift. These guys are really old-timers. I guess I wanted to see what they could do. I agree they don't look as hardy as the originals, but for $22 it's worth it to me to give them a go.
     
  5. Blakeyguy

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    They look good and the price was right. I would have probably added 2 v-cleats to fully protect the heel. They well seat in after you wear them a bit and they get wet.
     
  6. andrewro

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    Tried to reply just now, as I've had a few PMs about this repair, but I can't see my post so I am trying again. I wound up doing a couple coats of saphir renovateur, then a couple of coats of Kiwi neutral wax, then adding a plastic heel tap plate. I only wear them once a month or so but so far they are fine.

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  7. meister

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    V cleats = certainty of an injury on modern honed or polished stone floors and any type of surface where aquaplaning is feasible.
     
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  8. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Well, the shoes are beautiful; unfortunately my feet are too large to ever expect to find Imperials that fit, but I congratulate you.
     
  9. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Keep looking - they are so numerous on eBay (not just Imperials) that you will undoubtedly find a large or wide pair maybe NOS.
     
  10. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    This.
    I do like the sound they make.
     
  11. MyOtherLife

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    Congratulaions on the restoration. Though I have a pair or two of the vintage Florsheims, I find that as I get older those cleats and nails are becoming more dangerous for me to walk in and prefer rubber on my heels.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  12. delmaxfield

    delmaxfield New Member

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    could you give me a phone number or an address so i could have them replace my heels like they did yours?

    delmax@aol.com
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  13. delmaxfield

    delmaxfield New Member

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    I sent an email but i don't know if it went to you Andrewro. Really would like to have mine replaced like that.
     

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