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Ok - mystery solved. I downloaded all the catalogs from the 80s and found the model in the spring of 85 catalog. Weird because the pair I found sure look like vintage color 8 even having double checked again it really seems to be the case. We'll find out for sure next week. ;)

eta: and the fall of 84... so appears to be a one year leather. I suppose it's possible that the model was reused for a mto pair from a different year but seems doubtful. the other oddity in this case is that there only appears to be a size and model number and layout of the print on the lining is different. I was under the impression that there would be the date/batch number thing during this time period like the 2nd pair that I found with the same model. curious indeed but I am done researching for now, haha.

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Like @Oshare , I thought something happened to styleforum. Like it was being held hostage by some hackers. I was prepared to offer my services to extract it back. I have clients who have..... specific skills and specialties. They are known for their persuasive abilities.

So in the mean time, I went out for groceries in my 93602s. I bought these in NOS condition 4 years ago. For $180. At the time, I was going back and forth given the price. I asked our leaders for their input. @smfdoc and @davidVC smacked some sense into me. Thank goodness for them. Nowadays I see trash worthy pairs listed for 180.

A cobbler had to install rubber heels, toe taps, and explosion sole protectors. V-cleats are not for me.

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That’s highway robbery for $180 NOS 😱 Definitely cannot find such price nowadays
 

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She is well-travelled. I have seen her with different men from VA to NC. I would be lying if I said I weren’t attracted at first sight. But I’m a married man. What would my wife say? She’d never approve. She doesn’t understand. I am a passionate man. I have needs too… maybe a notch too far. Reeling it back 🤪

Presenting ‘59 Florsheim shell short wings balmoral. This is a rare model I don’t see often (and yet one of our brothers got a pair with extra cool brogue recently 🤩 you know who you are). It’s tricky with vintage shell. In addition, it’s size 9.5C while I’m between D and E. Sometimes, betting on the pony wins. I am sending them to my trusted friend for a full recraft. I intend to have her in regular rotation. Consider these as before photos. Will update with the final product.
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Apparently I need to refresh my browser more frequently.
haha, no worries... the curiosity is killin' me at this point. It's really going to test my confidence in eyeballing shell. As far as the shoes, not a huge deal either way if they are exceptional quality calf so be it. But they really do seem like shell even despite the schite pics and model # confirmation.

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I imagine it's rare to find vintage trees size 13 too. Very impressive.
Those trees are great for reshaping lumpy shell rolls and the overall fit of the shoes generally. After scrubbing the shoes under warm/hot running water and letting them dry with the trees in, I rubbed Collonil into the vamps while watching Netflix. Check this K Drama out if you haven't already:
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Yeahhhh... I didn’t go back far enough in the catalogs, cause they’re in the 85 catalog. Despite the example above having an 86 date-stamp, they discontinued the 8793 in 86.

Good news is, they’ll be really nice calf. Bad news, not shell.

She is well-travelled. I have seen her with different men from VA to NC. I would be lying if I said I weren’t attracted at first sight. But I’m a married man. What would my wife say? She’d never approve. She doesn’t understand. I am a passionate man. I have needs too… maybe a notch too far. Reeling it back 🤪

Presenting ‘59 Florsheim shell short wings balmoral. This is a rare model I don’t see often (and yet one of our brothers got a pair with extra cool brogue recently 🤩 you know who you are). It’s tricky with vintage shell. In addition, it’s size 9.5C while I’m between D and E. Sometimes, betting on the pony wins. I am sending them to my trusted friend for a full recraft. I intend to have her in regular rotation. Consider these as before photos. Will update with the final product.
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Well, those look great. Love all those nails in the heel. I'd be jealous if they were anything close to my size. Gentlemen: When time travel is perfected, one of us is going to have to go back 5 or 6 decades and put something in the water so that people's size 8 and 9 feet grow to modern sizes.
 
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She is well-travelled. I have seen her with different men from VA to NC. I would be lying if I said I weren’t attracted at first sight. But I’m a married man. What would my wife say? She’d never approve. She doesn’t understand. I am a passionate man. I have needs too… maybe a notch too far. Reeling it back 🤪

Presenting ‘59 Florsheim shell short wings balmoral. This is a rare model I don’t see often (and yet one of our brothers got a pair with extra cool brogue recently 🤩 you know who you are). It’s tricky with vintage shell. In addition, it’s size 9.5C while I’m between D and E. Sometimes, betting on the pony wins. I am sending them to my trusted friend for a full recraft. I intend to have her in regular rotation. Consider these as before photos. Will update with the final product.
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Jim McFarland?
 

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Ok - mystery solved. I downloaded all the catalogs from the 80s and found the model in the spring of 85 catalog. Weird because the pair I found sure look like vintage color 8 even having double checked again it really seems to be the case. We'll find out for sure next week. ;)

eta: and the fall of 84... so appears to be a one year leather. I suppose it's possible that the model was reused for a mto pair from a different year but seems doubtful. the other oddity in this case is that there only appears to be a size and model number and layout of the print on the lining is different. I was under the impression that there would be the date/batch number thing during this time period like the 2nd pair that I found with the same model. curious indeed but I am done researching for now, haha.

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Even if they are brown aniline calf that’s a really nice leather.
 

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