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Yeah. I think we’ve all been there.
Hey, I have the lace up version of this! Florsheim Decaturs, from +/-2011. They are kind of turd-esque, but actually make OK work shoes. My pair was $5 plus shipping, so I can trash them at work and it doesn't matter.
 

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Does anyone know off hand when the Charles Chester shoe company went under? I'm trying to date my pair.
 

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Hey, I have the lace up version of this! Florsheim Decaturs, from +/-2011. They are kind of turd-esque, but actually make OK work shoes. My pair was $5 plus shipping, so I can trash them at work and it doesn't matter.
In my case, I didn’t purchase those for myself, which meant I kinda had to wear them, if ya know what I mean. For quite a while, they were my “around the house” shoes. I found them to be pretty awful, as they lacked the defined heel lift that I need for a shoe to be comfortable. I couldn’t wear them for a walk, for example. They got worse as all the PU foam stuff collapsed. Finally the interiors just self destructed, and I could throw them out without fear of “but I bought those for you”.

Through it all, I kept taking care of the uppers, trying to make them look as decent as a pair of hideously ugly, mid-2000’s business-casual comfort loafery-things can look. Literally polishing a turd.
 

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I’m buying the box, entering in the shoe box restoration challenge, a competition that I just made up, and declaring myself the winner.
A well conceived plan, sir. Might I ask, does the award for first place happen to be a pair of shoes?
 

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In my case, I didn’t purchase those for myself, which meant I kinda had to wear them, if ya know what I mean. For quite a while, they were my “around the house” shoes. I found them to be pretty awful, as they lacked the defined heel lift that I need for a shoe to be comfortable. I couldn’t wear them for a walk, for example. They got worse as all the PU foam stuff collapsed. Finally the interiors just self destructed, and I could throw them out without fear of “but I bought those for you”.

Through it all, I kept taking care of the uppers, trying to make them look as decent as a pair of hideously ugly, mid-2000’s business-casual comfort loafery-things can look. Literally polishing a turd.
Hilarious. Well, now I know what I can look forward to with my pair. the previous owner must not have liked them as they were all but unworn when I got them. I'll watch for them to spectacularly fall apart. Comfortech!
 

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Hilarious. Well, now I know what I can look forward to with my pair. the previous owner must not have liked them as they were all but unworn when I got them. I'll watch for them to spectacularly fall apart. Comfortech!
I (really) hate to ask this... but you mentioned yours were a lace-up version. I’m having trouble visualizing what they could possibly look like: can you post a picture, so that my OCD addled brain can put this question to rest?

Just be sure to spoiler it, that way @smfdoc doesn’t kick me off the thread for instigating posts of awful non-vintage shoes (something I’m probably on probation for already).
 

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Made approx 12-15 years ago as a limited run. I was eyeing them at the time, but decided against.
Yeah, that model was called the Trafton. It was Cole Haan's signature model for a year. The styling was over the top. The reviews were not good as I remember. Uncomfortable and like @mormonopoly mentions, creased heavily due to plastic-like upper.

Classic shoes for men has a few listed:
 

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