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I have 3 pairs of Florsheim LWBs that I am converting to leather wedge soles for comfort. Mostly WFH means comfort is paramount.

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These are pairs by Bedos.
I love the look of the wedge soles on those! Funny enough, the video where Steve converts some Florsheim Imperials into wedge soles was the video that started this journey for me. Whenever I'm due for a resole on a pair of gunboats (which I don't think will be very soon...), this is probably what I'll have done.
 

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I love the look of the wedge soles on those! Funny enough, the video where Steve converts some Florsheim Imperials into wedge soles was the video that started this journey for me. Whenever I'm due for a resole on a pair of gunboats (which I don't think will be very soon...), this is probably what I'll have done.
Since covid, I've switched to WFH for 99% of my time.

I decided to start an indoor only collection to keep my feet comfortable and happy. Another member mentioned how comfortable wedges are. So I bought 2 pairs of wedge boots from Boulet. And man, they feel so good on my feet.

Most of my new additions have been boots. Most are wedges or will be converted to wedge in the next year or so. Comfort is paramount when I am at home using my standing desk.
 

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Here is another pair of shoes from the hoard that was languishing in Ogdensburg NY for the past year and a half. These are a super rare pair McHale built shell longwings. The only adverts that I have ever seen for shell Florsheim's in Canada come from the British Boot Shop in Calgary. I purchased these shoes from a fellow in Sweet Grass Montana, which is directly south of Calgary, and right on the international border. I have bought several pairs of very fine vintage Canadian shoes from him in the past. Like most of the Canadian built Imperials, these shoes have seven nails at the waist and lack the V-cleat. They also have the classic McHale doubled and stitched edge on the sock liner.

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Day 4 of trial got cancelled. We wrapped up all submissions yesterday and judge will issue decision in late November. So today, I have the luxury of working from home.

Maiden voyage of my recently acquired Silver Stud for Frank Wright, Veldtschoen shoes. Frank Wright manufactured shoes for the British military, and some of their history can be found here:

https://classicshoesformen.com/the-collection/new-frank-wright-officers-zug-grain-veldtschoen-derby-41-5d/

Veldtschoen, is the Dutch word for "field shoe" and were perfected by British shoe manufacturers as the cheery rainy weather of England and the Scottish highlands made waterproof footwear ever so necessary. They were believed to have been invented for the Boer war in South Africa, and worn extensively by British and Commonwealth (including Canadian) forces during the rainy seasons.

Here is an explanation of Veldtschoen construction: https://www.shoepassion.com/shoe-encyclopaedia/production-methods/veldtschoen/

So on a rainy day, I took them out for a wear. They are stiff and sturdy in feel. The leather soles and nailed leather heels... I'd like to add a rubber sole protector at some point and rubber heels. But if the military could wear them as is, shouldn't I?

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After a bit of searching I picked up a pair of Veldtschoen shoes made by Cheaney. This is my first pair from that maker so I wasn’t too sure about fit. I decided to err on the safe side by going a half size larger than might be my normal fit for a British shoe.

With their commando soles and waterproof construction, they will be perfect for our rainy season and fit well with a pair of slightly thicker socks.

Thanks to @suitforcourt for introducing me to Veldtschoen shoes!

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Here is another pair of shoes from the hoard that was languishing in Ogdensburg NY for the past year and a half. These are a super rare pair McHale built shell longwings. The only adverts that I have ever seen for shell Florsheim's in Canada come from the British Boot Shop in Calgary. I purchased these shoes from a fellow in Sweet Grass Montana, which is directly south of Calgary, and right on the international border. I have bought several pairs of very fine vintage Canadian shoes from him in the past. Like most of the Canadian built Imperials, these shoes have seven nails at the waist and lack the V-cleat. They also have the classic McHale doubled and stitched edge on the sock liner.

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Here is another pair of shoes from the hoard that was languishing in Ogdensburg NY for the past year and a half. These are a super rare pair McHale built shell longwings. The only adverts that I have ever seen for shell Florsheim's in Canada come from the British Boot Shop in Calgary. I purchased these shoes from a fellow in Sweet Grass Montana, which is directly south of Calgary, and right on the international border. I have bought several pairs of very fine vintage Canadian shoes from him in the past. Like most of the Canadian built Imperials, these shoes have seven nails at the waist and lack the V-cleat. They also have the classic McHale doubled and stitched edge on the sock liner.

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This is not your size. Are you selling them?

Does the doubled stitched edge on the shock liner means, that Florsheim is made by McHale?
 
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This is not your size. Are you selling them?

Does the doubled stitched edge on the shock liner means, that Florsheim is made by McHale?
Yes, that is one easy way to readily identify a canadian mchale florsheim shoe, the binding leather around the sock liner.
 

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Here is another pair of shoes from the hoard that was languishing in Ogdensburg NY for the past year and a half. These are a super rare pair McHale built shell longwings. The only adverts that I have ever seen for shell Florsheim's in Canada come from the British Boot Shop in Calgary. I purchased these shoes from a fellow in Sweet Grass Montana, which is directly south of Calgary, and right on the international border. I have bought several pairs of very fine vintage Canadian shoes from him in the past. Like most of the Canadian built Imperials, these shoes have seven nails at the waist and lack the V-cleat. They also have the classic McHale doubled and stitched edge on the sock liner.

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WHAT A FIND! WOW! Are those a 7 EEE? Guessing the 7 is the size...
 

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After a bit of searching I picked up a pair of Veldtschoen shoes made by Cheaney. This is my first pair from that maker so I wasn’t too sure about fit. I decided to err on the safe side by going a half size larger than might be my normal fit for a British shoe.

With their commando soles and waterproof construction, they will be perfect for our rainy season and fit well with a pair of slightly thicker socks.

Thanks to @suitforcourt for introducing me to Veldtschoen shoes!

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I'm glad you found a pair!
 

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This is not your size. Are you selling them?

Does the doubled stitched edge on the shock liner means, that Florsheim is made by McHale?
Any Florsheim made in Canada, was made by John McHale
 

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Here is another pair of shoes from the hoard that was languishing in Ogdensburg NY for the past year and a half. These are a super rare pair McHale built shell longwings. The only adverts that I have ever seen for shell Florsheim's in Canada come from the British Boot Shop in Calgary. I purchased these shoes from a fellow in Sweet Grass Montana, which is directly south of Calgary, and right on the international border. I have bought several pairs of very fine vintage Canadian shoes from him in the past. Like most of the Canadian built Imperials, these shoes have seven nails at the waist and lack the V-cleat. They also have the classic McHale doubled and stitched edge on the sock liner.

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These are beyond magnificent. Can you link to this Montana seller's page? I'm going to keep an eye on his lot.
 

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Any Florsheim made in Canada, was made by John McHale
I have an old Florsheim with no visible sign indicating where it was made has stitching on the insole and double row of stitching on the top. That's why I am asking whether it is made by Mc Hale.

For my wide feet, this last is excellent fit.
 

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I have an old Florsheim with no visible sign indicating where it was made has stitching on the insole and double row of stitching on the top. That's why I am asking whether it is made by Mc Hale.

For my wide feet, this last is excellent fit.
Take pics. I'm sure we can help you figure it out.
 

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