I am writing this post for two reasons: 1) to cover an unusual Florsheim Imperial; 2) so I can stop looking at the last post photo of a corrected leather Crown Aristocraft.
Florsheim didn’t make many split toe Imperials. I have seen a couple with model numbers of 92619 (black) and 93619 (brown) but they are far and few between if you are looking for a pair in your size on eBay. Alden and Allen Edmonds continue to make split toe models but its not a popular style anymore. What is a popular style nowadays? Sneakers.
This is a custom pair that I bought from the original owner. He said he ordered them from the Florsheim store in downtown Chicago. I didn’t ask him the year but based on the date code, I believe they were manufactured in 1973.
A couple of unusual features on these shoes: double v-cleat; and a band of white stitching on the storm welt. I looked and the stitching is just decorative, its not a Norwegian stitch shoe.
The overall shoe stitching is amazing and even a step up from the normally excellent Imperial stitching.
I wore them around a few days. They were comfortable and fit true to size.
For vintage (old) shoes, these shoes were in good shape. I did give them a good shine. This was my process on these shoes:
- Clean and sanitize the interior of the shoe with 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Wipe down the upper with a damp cloth
- Clean with Allen Edmonds Saddle Soap
- Condition with Lexol Conditioner
- Apply Allen Edmonds Black Shoe Cream
- Polish with Allen Edmonds Black Premium Shoe Polish
- Wax the tips of the shoes with Allen Edmonds Black Carnauba Shoe Polish
Why cream and polish? Allen Edmonds cream has high pigment content and really restores the color well. Polish gives a higher shine than the cream.