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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smfdoc, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. n8der

    n8der Member

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    Last week I took my 93605s to the nearby cobbler for heel lifts. He offered to do a leather lift with a “steel V tap” for $35. I hope this is not what he was talking about. I opted for the combination leather/rubber lift for $25. Pick them up tomorrow.
     


  2. actionjbone

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    Turns out these are a *UK* 10C, not U.S.!

    Which means they become part of my collection. B)

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    They cleaned up real nice after two coats of Saphir, one of Bick 4, and some VSC. Just need a little more brushing.

    Edit to add: the style number is "666." Surprisingly, the Footwear of the Beast isn't color 4. :)
     
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  3. mormonopoly

    mormonopoly Senior Member

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    Depends on what you’re looking for. If you love the way they look, then certainly buy them at $25. If you’re looking for a very high quality shoe, then I would pass as the quality of Italian made Johnston & Murphy is not very impressive. But again, at $25, I would say that’s no great loss if you like the shoe.
     


  4. mreams99

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    I think that they’re worth the $25 if you like the style.
     


  5. smfdoc

    smfdoc Distinguished Member

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    I agree with the others. Not a bad looking pair of shoes. Certainly worth the $25 you would pay and they are terrific if you like them.
     


  6. JohnAAG

    JohnAAG Senior Member

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    Not vintage, but I thought you gentlemen would appreciate today's find ...
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  7. ccpl14

    ccpl14 Senior Member

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    I've been away from this thread for a bit...
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    Florsheim Royal Imperial Stratford 96609
     


  8. willyto

    willyto Active Member

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    I didn't know you could find tanks out there!

    Those are some real sturdy shoes... amazing! Clack, Clack, Clack while you walk around
     


  9. suitforcourt

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    I have the same pair in oxblood. It is made of deer skin, which is very soft.

    Mine are going on 10+ years and I recently added a Topy and replaced the heels. Great shoes to have in the collection.
     


  10. suitforcourt

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    Here are pics after the new heels and topy:

    https://www.styleforum.net/threads/toronto-cobblers.239806/page-5
     


  11. Dicky Dicardo

    Dicky Dicardo Senior Member

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    The sole and name suggests quality, but the upper suggests something different to me.
     


  12. eTrojan

    eTrojan Senior Member

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    Maiden Voyage for my NOS Crosby Square split-toes. These are from the Airfilm line and have a steel shank.

    They appear to be CG, as the upper is immediately creasing in unnatural ways. I’ve put four rounds of Bick 4 into them over the last three months or so. They don’t seem to absorb the conditioner, which is why I’ve been reticent to wear them. Even in the conditioning process, the odd wrinkling of the leather surface was becoming apparent.

    They are *super* slim —almost AA-slender. The fit is good mid-foot, but the heel digs in pretty good. We’ll see how they break in today. This feels like a mid- to low-quality shoe. Probably an average shoe for its time. I could probably enhance the photos with filters to make them extra pretty and porn-like, but given the shoe, I’m not sure it’s worth it. ;)

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  13. MJMcRibb

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    Florshells from lunch, for barely more than the cost of lunch. And lunch was fast food.
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  14. Milksteakboiledhard

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    That looks to be in good condition, what size?
     


  15. thomas199023

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    Thanks all! I think I'll go for it! :-D
     


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