Color 8 Shell Cordovan Longwing Wingtip Florsheim Imperial 93605 Royal Imperial 97625

Three Florsheim Color #8 Longwings

A sunny fall day in Seattle? Its a perfect time to take some photos of three vintage Florsheim shoes. This trio includes two shell cordovan Imperials Kenmoors (model 93605) and one never worn Royal Imperial (model 97626). I believe all three were made in the 1980s. For you Alden fans, these are basically the same shoes as the Alden 975.

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Royal Imperial 97626 Shell Cordovan Horween Color 8 Longwing Wingtip

The yellow sun highlights the differences in the shell cordovan colors. One of Imperials has developed a splendid, warm patina while the other Imperial is a consistent burgundy color. The new Royal Imperial has some subtle differences in color.

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Royal Imperial 97626 Shell Cordovan Longwing Wingtip Horween Color 8

Nick Horween has a post where he describes the aging process for shell cordovan. Basically care and sun exposure changes the color of the shell cordovan. I love the coca cola color of the 93605 with patina but I am not going to leave the other two in the sun.

Florsheim listed the color of these models as brown. BROWN.

Why do I have threes pairs of basically the same shoe? Originally, I was going to sell two of them but they are hard to part with. Someday. Or maybe not.

Below are more photos. Enjoy. And check out my guide to buying a vintage Florsheim Imperial 93605.

Florsheim Imperial 93605 with patina:
Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan patina Longwing Wingtip Color 8

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan patina Longwing Wingtip Color 8

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan patina Longwing Wingtip Color 8

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan patina Longwing Wingtip Color 8

 
Florsheim Imperial 93605 without patina:
Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan Longwing Wingtip

Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan Longwing Wingtip

 
Comparison of the two Imperials:
Florsheim Imperial 93605 Shell Cordovan Longwing Wingtip

 
Florsheim Royal Imperial 97626:
Florsheim Royal Imperial 97626 Shell Cordovan NOS Deadstock Longwing Wingtip

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97626 Shell Cordovan Horween Color 8 Longwing Wingtip

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97626 Horween Shell Cordovan Sole Paint v-cleat 5 nails Longwing Wingtip

One thought on “Three Florsheim Color #8 Longwings”

  1. Just ran across this c. 1 1/2 yrs later while searching for men’s vintage shoes (Florsheims, Bostonian, etc.) and WOW what a great pictorial! Keep up the good work.

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