thanks all, they are not AE Macneils but are similar styled Florsheim Imperials. I'm pretty sure they made this in black calf and in black shell though. To be absolutely correct, those are v-cleat, 5-nail, Royal Imperials and are definitely shell (though Royal Imperials also came in calf). see, I think so too. they probably need an immediate resole and heel. but the upper looks to be in good shape, and I could probably give my cobbler $85 and these would look sweet. of course, I don't know what the insole looks like. that could be scary. Dr. Scholls? They will have a full leather lining so unless the previous owner really trashed them they could be easily saved. I wouldn't be surprised if the sole still has a lot of wear left since vintage Royal Imperial/Imperial double leather soles wear like iron, but those heel caps definitely need replacement.