I have been travelling much of the last couple of weeks. First to Cleveland (work) and then to San Francisco (friends).
Travel gives me time to ponder major issues such as these:
• When are the airlines going to start charging for soft drinks?
• What kind of “duty” am I free from on that bag of M&Ms?
• Who is responsible for the unfortunate TSA uniform?
If you read this blog, you may have noticed that I try to focus on objective topics rather than subjective ones. Facts not opinions. Usually. But I feel that saying the TSA uniform is awful is more fact than opinion. The bright blue and black combo … blue stripe down the black pants … the baggy unisex shirt with military shoulder tabs labeled “TSA”. Wearing blue latex gloves doesn’t help. Why not a solid navy blue uniform? With a pair of PTBs or long wings. Yes.
Buying vintage long wings might not scale well for the number of TSA employees but they work well for me. I picked up this pair of vintage Florsheims on eBay for $25. The price of one checked bag. Or the combined onboard price of a cheese plate, a beer and a “snack pack”. An exit row seat costs more than these shoes.
Maybe for exit row price I could have bought a pair in perfect condition. This pair was not perfect. Here is how the pair looked when I got them.
The 30679 is a cousin of the Weathered Moss 30678 that I covered in a previous post. Its basically the same shoe except for the color. Florsheim described the 30679 color as “Bourbon”. It’s a nice shoe but not as nice as an Imperial. It’s missing the Imperial’s double leather sole, full leather lining and v-cleat. This pair was made in June 1968 (date code FI). It’s not uncommon to find a couple pairs for sale on eBay.
Below are two photos of the shoes after I cleaned them with good brushing, a damp cloth, Lexol leather cleaner and Saphir Reno’Mat. I also conditioned them with Bickmore Bick 4. There was stain on the outside of the left shoe I couldn’t get out. Also there was a deep gash on the front of the right shoe. The leather was buttery soft though.
I finshed the shoes with Collonil 1909 Medium Brown cream. I considered trying to buff or sand out the gouge on the right shoe. But didn’t. Maybe next time. Overall, I was happy with the results. The whole process took a two or three hours over a couple days. I have worn the shoes around (that’s their purpose, right). They fit well. The size was accurate. And comfortable.
Below are the finished shoes.
9 thoughts on “Florsheim 30679 Varsity Restore”
Those came out very nice. I would definitely wear them. Good job.
They do look good. Windsor calf is a nice change of pace from cashmere calf.
I just noticed the hanging chad. I love it. I have at least two pair with hanging chads and will never remove them. I dare anyone to notice.
Where did the name Varsity come from? The ’69 Florsheim catalog calls this a Kenmoor, and the smooth leather is different from that of the Beacon. I only ask because I’ve seen Varsities advertised on eBay and wondered if they are mislabeled.
I love these kind of questions. Florsheim labeled the model as both Varsity and Kenmoor. It was first the Varsity and then in the late sixties became the Kenmoor. Or The KENMOOR in Florsheim marketing speak. I have convinced myself that Kenmoor is the name of the shoe last used but I am not confident on that. The Varsity and Kenmoor versions look identical to me. I wish I had a better answer but that is what I know.
Kenmoor and Varsity styles were indeed the same last.
The Varsity was positioned as sort of a poor man’s Kenmoor Imperial long wing, which retailed for $39.95, mid-60s, in company-owned Florsheim Shoe Shops, while the Varsity fetched a mere $27-28, albeit for a lot less shoe though.
I just bought a pair on ebay for $38.00. They were made in June 1969. I was 13. The finish was a little cracked &”gunked up” with too much & too dark polish , but still had the original soles and heels, with very little wear. I used a blow dryer to melt & wipe off the old polish then hydrated with Bick 4 & Revovateur and they look flawless. You’re right – the leather is buttery-soft. I know this is an old thread, but thanks for helping me identify this Varsity model. Really enjoy your web site – thank you.