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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smfdoc, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. smfdoc

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    Both. Always try to be instructive and entertaining.
     

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    Nice! Maybe that interior is new?
     

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    Hey guys,
    I picked these up at a thrift today so I thought I’d share. Unsure of the maker but doesn’t the model# font look familiar? Im guessing buffalo hide Florsheim made for someone else without the “XX” mfg date.

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    Doesn't say "Florsheim" to me, but those are interesting. I'd guess 40's/50's based on look and canvas lining. Both opinions are subject to much more informed folks here...
     

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    just found this on the google search. lol. Good call man! Wish AE's still cost $20.
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    Wow - a side-laced AE! That's pretty different...
     

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    They are Allen Edmonds “Pla-Skos” from the 1964 catalog. The color and leather is Briar-tan boarhide.

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    Florsheim 'Gator' tassel split toe loafers.
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    I had a little bit of thrifting stardust fall on me today. I stopped at the local Value Village and bought a pair of really ugly, worn at the heel, hand waxed finish Dack's tasseled loafers for $13.00. I regretted the purchase immediately. On my drive home I decided that I didn't want to waste the effort to clean them, so I stopped at the men's mission and donated them. To my surprise I was given a $10 off coupon so I wandered over to the tiny space where they keep a few men's shoes and found these NOS early 1970's McHale chestnut brown balmorals. I had the coupon for roughly 45 seconds.

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    Damn brother - go buy a lottery ticket.

    Congrats!
     

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    What luck! Congrats.
     

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    AE Hinsdale shell loafers I was able to find with a brand new recraft job already on them.
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    My appreciation of many things vintage took me to the movie theater and 1969 to see a new documentary on Apollo 11. 50 years ago, our country did the near impossible and sent two guys to the moon and return. The documentary was special because they were allowed to access the treasure trove of footage that NASA took of every aspect of the mission and then just filed away to remain unseen. You REALLY feel that you are in the room, walking with the astronauts and going with them on the trip. The vintage portion was seeing all the white shirts, thin ties, crew cuts, pay phones, slide rulers, manual typewriters, reel to reel tape recorders phones with rotary dials and the rest of the clothes seen in the footage of the crowd shots. The lunar lander had to use fuel to slow down from 3600 mph, descend to the surface, slow down and then land gently. They had 3 minutes and 32 seconds of available fuel to do this safely. They touched down with 16 second of fuel remaining in the tank. The movie is out in select locations and it is well worth dropping back a half century ago and feeling the pride of an amazing accomplishment, especially given the technology we now view as so primitive.
     

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    I finally decided my Bostonian Crown Windsors were too small and I moved them on to a new owner. But I still wanted a brown pebble PTB to replace them. Florsheim did not make a EEE, so they were out and very few from other makers come up in my size. I then tumbled onto a slightly larger pair, that appear to be from around 2000 as things went off shore. Many similarities to the BCW I were selling and to some other decent shoes, but these were not made in USA. Since they were inexpensive and returnable I pulled the trigger and they fit pretty well. These will certainly do until something better comes along, if they ever do. They still have some damp areas after the wipe down process. Now for a little more clean up and proper level of shine.

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