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Ok,the promised shoe porn for @suitforcourt -Though these aren’t vintage,like the new USA made Bostonians they are of interest to many of us here as a way of trying to find silver linings in what’s become of our venerable brands. Last fall I scored these recent Florsheim Heritage LWBs on clearance from Florsheim for $109. I figured if nothing else they look great and to seal the deal used Horween Essex leather. They aren’t leather lined though it’s a fabric lining rather than fake leather. The footbed is also padded. Beyond that,the stitching is good,double row and tight. They’re comfortable and are Goodyear welted with single rather than double leather soles and have rubber toplift heels nailed in place. Most importantly the leather is buttery soft and a lovely natural color. View attachment 1362624View attachment 1362625View attachment 1362626View attachment 1362627View attachment 1362628View attachment 1362629View attachment 1362636
Wow, those are beautiful. Wish the Florsheim people in India would make more nice stuff like this instead of cheapie junk.
 

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Hey, I was looking at a pair of Jarman's on eBay. I'm unfamiliar with this brand--anyone have comments on the quality?
 

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Hey, I was looking at a pair of Jarman's on eBay. I'm unfamiliar with this brand--anyone have comments on the quality?
The Canadian made ones are meh. Still better than modern day brands. But very mediocre. Along the lines of B Mason and Stuart McGuire.

Can't comment on the US made ones.
 

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Ok,the promised shoe porn for @suitforcourt -Though these aren’t vintage,like the new USA made Bostonians they are of interest to many of us here as a way of trying to find silver linings in what’s become of our venerable brands. Last fall I scored these recent Florsheim Heritage LWBs on clearance from Florsheim for $109. I figured if nothing else they look great and to seal the deal used Horween Essex leather. They aren’t leather lined though it’s a fabric lining rather than fake leather. The footbed is also padded. Beyond that,the stitching is good,double row and tight. They’re comfortable and are Goodyear welted with single rather than double leather soles and have rubber toplift heels nailed in place. Most importantly the leather is buttery soft and a lovely natural color. View attachment 1362624View attachment 1362625View attachment 1362626View attachment 1362627View attachment 1362628View attachment 1362629View attachment 1362636
Has anyone actually purchased the “Bostonian” US made revivals being sold by Clarks? They are attractively priced, but I haven’t as much as read a single review of them. Frankly- new AE MacNeils could easily be had at the same price point a few weeks back when they were running a sale on discontinued models.

Does anyone have an opinion on how Clarks’ revival compares to AE’s competing LWB? Or... any opinion at all?
 

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That is some bad luck. Suggest reinforcing the back of the cracked area with a leather patch glued with barge cement and wearing the shoes laced wide, but it's hard to know if that will keep the crack small.

[EDIT] Just noticed that your post was from a while back. Hope it was repairable after all.
Thanks. I sent them back. Perhaps I should have tried harder to fix them. The seller is awesome and occasionally posts here.
 

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I love the Boulevard. IMO AE dropped the ball when they discontinued it and stuck with(to this day) with McAlister as their SWBal. The Boulevard is sleeker and more elegant with no brogueing on the collar but larger and more prominent perforations giving it a more English look. The leather on those 80’s Boulevards also didn’t have CG like the McA’s did. Only the recent versions of the AE Independence line have comparable quality
Amen. They are fantastic. I get lots of compliments on these.
 

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@friendlygoz - whatever became of this pair?
I sent them back. The seller paid for shipping both ways. I spoke to him on the phone. Great guy and super honest. Sometimes I think I should have kept them and had eyelets put in. But that ship has sailed. Thanks for asking.
 

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Could someone please tell me how Wolverine 1000 Mile boots fit compared to a typical Florsheim LWB like at 93602?

With the LWB my best fit is a 9.5E, but from the look of it, the 1000 Mile boot is roomier and I'm wondering if I could get away with a 9D.

I've got my eye on this pair and wondering if I could make it work without cutting off part of my toes.

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Could someone please tell me how Wolverine 1000 Mile boots fit compared to a typical Florsheim LWB like at 93602?

With the LWB my best fit is a 9.5E, but from the look of it, the 1000 Mile boot is roomier and I'm wondering if I could get away with a 9D.

I've got my eye on this pair and wondering if I could make it work without cutting off part of my toes.

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For me- both fit close enough to true to size- especially taking into account that you might want to put on something thicker than a dress sock. Half a size and a whole width? If you don’t *really* need the E and live in a warm climate you might be able to pull it off (but the same can be said of the LWBs which are also often rather roomy in my experience).
 

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