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Funny how we shoe guys seem to have a collective memory. I remember my Boy Scout boots quite well as they were somewhat controversial at the time. They were US made moc-toes and as I was raised in the UK in the conservative 1950’s my scoutmaster was aghast when he saw them. Muttering something about second class colonials etc. Little did he know, eh?
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Funny how we shoe guys seem to have a collective memory. I remember my Boy Scout boots quite well as they were somewhat controversial at the time. They were US made moc-toes and as I was raised in the UK in the conservative 1950’s my scoutmaster was aghast when he saw them. Muttering something about second class colonials etc. Little did he know, eh?
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Wow. What would he have called my family members in Hong Kong?
 

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Does the FR stamped on the sole stand for Factory Reject, Factory Recraft, or something else?

Some boots for a change! Allen Edmonds Winchester zipper boots in 9476 Burgundy Polished Calf (not cobbler) from 1985. These boots fit very well and get a lot of attention. Since it's been rainy/snowy weather for a few weeks now I've been wearing these a lot more. The pictures were taken when the weather was nicer.
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The date code suggests these were made on October 3rd 1985.
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Does the FR stamped on the sole stand for Factory Reject, Factory Recraft, or something else?

Some boots for a change! Allen Edmonds Winchester zipper boots in 9476 Burgundy Polished Calf (not cobbler) from 1985. These boots fit very well and get a lot of attention. Since it's been rainy/snowy weather for a few weeks now I've been wearing these a lot more. The pictures were taken when the weather was nicer.
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The date code suggests these were made on October 3rd 1985.
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Those are really cool. I always thought that stamp stood for “factory reject” (i.e., factory seconds). I have a pair with the same stamp and I can’t find any flaws. That is often the case with contemporary F2s.
 

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I wonder if anyone in this group and others from the various Facebook groups would be interested in a sort of Shoe Show or convention?

I think it would be fun to have a weekend thing — maybe next summer? We could pick a centrally located City. And have a show maybe semi sponsored by AE or Alden or even Florsheim. They could bring styles they want to introduce. We could have a swap meet where people bring vintage shoes they want to sell. We could have some demonstrations from our gifted Cobblers. Or a speaker from Horween? This is all just brainstorming at this point. Maybe a dinner with a silent auction to raise money for Charity?

We could combine the shoe challenge into it? In order to pay for a ballroom/convention room, we would have to have some pretty firm commitments. I bet we could talk AE into making one of their trunk show stops there.
 

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Nettleton shell saddles today’s.
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I wonder if anyone in this group and others from the various Facebook groups would be interested in a sort of Shoe Show or convention?

I think it would be fun to have a weekend thing — maybe next summer? We could pick a centrally located City. And have a show maybe semi sponsored by AE or Alden or even Florsheim. They could bring styles they want to introduce. We could have a swap meet where people bring vintage shoes they want to sell. We could have some demonstrations from our gifted Cobblers. Or a speaker from Horween? This is all just brainstorming at this point. Maybe a dinner with a silent auction to raise money for Charity?

We could combine the shoe challenge into it? In order to pay for a ballroom/convention room, we would have to have some pretty firm commitments. I bet we could talk AE into making one of their trunk show stops there.
I wonder if anyone in this group and others from the various Facebook groups would be interested in a sort of Shoe Show or convention?

I think it would be fun to have a weekend thing — maybe next summer? We could pick a centrally located City. And have a show maybe semi sponsored by AE or Alden or even Florsheim. They could bring styles they want to introduce. We could have a swap meet where people bring vintage shoes they want to sell. We could have some demonstrations from our gifted Cobblers. Or a speaker from Horween? This is all just brainstorming at this point. Maybe a dinner with a silent auction to raise money for Charity?

We could combine the shoe challenge into it? In order to pay for a ballroom/convention room, we would have to have some pretty firm commitments. I bet we could talk AE into making one of their trunk show stops there.
I love the idea. It's something folks on the thread have thrown out there a few times. Is there a convention where shoes companies like Alden and/or AE show off their new lineups? If there is, it might be good to piggyback on it. I have no capacity to organize but would try very hard to attend. I'd pack 1 pair of socks, 1 pair of underwear, a toothbrush, and 15 pairs of shoes.
 

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Here’s a recent find:
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Custom Florsheim Imperials.
Can anyone ID the material?

Given that, any tips on the best cleaning/conditioning product to use? I don’t own any reptan, but have just about everything else.

Also, no size or it rubbed off, but they fit perfectly!
 

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I finally made it across the border today. These 1930's shoe display stands had been waiting 18 months. Hard to believe. I added them to my John McHale shrine. My lovely wife is sooooo patient with me.

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Here’s a recent find:
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Custom Florsheim Imperials.
Can anyone ID the material?

Given that, any tips on the best cleaning/conditioning product to use? I don’t own any reptan, but have just about everything else.

Also, no size or it rubbed off, but they fit perfectly!
I also vote gator. And I agree that Reptan is worth spending a little extra for. There must be something about the size of the molecules that it gets into gator and croc skin better than the usual moisturizers we use. I use a hairdryer to warm up the shoes before I apply it, then buff once they've cooled down.
 

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Isn't it gator? My vote is get the reptan. Does great on my shark. Though I get no sponsorship, I am a Saphir fan.
I also vote gator. And I agree that Reptan is worth spending a little extra for. There must be something about the size of the molecules that it gets into gator and croc skin better than the usual moisturizers we use. I use a hairdryer to warm up the shoes before I apply it, then buff once they've cooled down.
Thanks both. I had almost ruled out gator since I had always assumed that its scales were more uniform in size and smaller. Looking closely, I also see no sign of the pore that would indicate croc, so I was thinking maybe caiman.

In any case, Reptan should be incoming soon.
 

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I also vote gator. And I agree that Reptan is worth spending a little extra for. There must be something about the size of the molecules that it gets into gator and croc skin better than the usual moisturizers we use. I use a hairdryer to warm up the shoes before I apply it, then buff once they've cooled down.
I'll have to try the hairdryer. Thanks
 

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Among my pickups in Ogdensburg today were these two pairs of Dacks whole-cuts. The brown pair are labelled as S.E. Dacks and were made sometime between 1952 and early 1958. The black pair are the latest that I have seen in this style and date to circa 1990, although they have all the stampings of the shoes as made in the 1960's and only differ in the sock-liner; a real throwback pair. Both are water bison and my size at 10.5D. I have been waiting 18 months to pick up the SE Dack pair, and only a week for the black "Bespoke Quality" pair.

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