Florsheim 31836

Florsheim 31836 Kenmoor

I admit it. I have been playing Pokemon Go. Its addicting. I am done with it now. I think. You get sucked into collecting wild Pokemon. With everyone else at the park. “Hey, a Poliwog!”. The problem with the game is that there is really no end to the game. Its endless. Like Mindcraft. Which is another game I avoid now. I am not sure Pokemon Go is even a game. Its virtual hording.

Back to shoes now. Yes. That should be my reality. Yours too. But I have a real life hording problem there. Shoe hording. And like Pokemon Go, shoe hording has no end. Which isn’t all that bad.

Florsheim 31836 Kenmoor

This post is about a pair of vintage Florsheim long wings. The model number is 31836 which I have seen called Beacon or Kenmoor. What’s confusing about vintage Florsheim naming is that Florsheim had a large number of shoes in dissimilar styles called “The KENMOOR”. Boots, monks, PTBs, balmorals, long wings were all called Kenmoor. Was the Kenmoor the name of the shoe last? I don’t think so since this style has also been named the “VARSITY” and “BEACON”.

Florsheim 31836 1969 catalog

I bought these shoes about 2 years ago. They sat unworn in my basement shoe work area. They had a couple problems:

  • They were slightly small. I usually wear a 11.5 but these were an 11
  • I couldn’t decide whether they were retro cool or horribly ugly

Its a rare model. I have tracked 3 sales on eBay for this model in the past year or so. So Florsheim likely didn’t sell many of them. Either that or they were so awesome that no one wants to sell them. I think its the former. The model was produced during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This pair was made in 1968.

Florsheim 31836 Kenmoor

Florsheim listed the leather as “Coventry Calf”. Googling the model, a few people have referred to the leather as Bison or Buffalo but I assume its bovine leather.

Florsheim 31836

Like the similar Varsity models, the shoe has a single leather sole and leather heel with a large number of nails in a single row. It is partially leather lined.

Florsheim 31836

I can’t say I love the style but they have grown on me. I wore them once. They were too small so I can’t give them a proper review. And the chances I find a pair in my size is low. But maybe you can find a pair. Good luck.

Here are a few more photos:

Florsheim 31836

Florsheim 31836

Florsheim 31836

Florsheim 31836

Florsheim 31836


5 thoughts on “Florsheim 31836 Kenmoor”

  1. Hi There:
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog.
    I live in Vancouver and like you, I have a bit of a shoe problem. Not serious but really enjoyable. Like you, I take an eleven and a half and sometimes an eleven depending on the shoe. I wonder how many people there are who appreciate the quality of vintage men’s shoes? Please keep on going and if I can be of any help, let me know, after all I’m only just up the road from Seattle, eh?
    Best Regards:

    Pete.

    1. Thanks. 11.5 is not a common length so sometimes I will wear an 11 or 12. Which is hit or miss. Vancouver is a beautiful city.

  2. Also from Vancouver.
    Bison/Buffalo leather is also Bovine, as they are in the subfamily Bovinae too.
    Also, comments get deleted unless you refresh the prove you’re not a robot thing immediately before posting.

    1. Thanks for the clarification. I was able to switch off the captcha time limit. I enabled captcha after I suddenly had a large number of readers offer weight loss supplements.

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