Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

Florsheim Royal Imperial Concord 97604

I am a bit of a homer for Cold War era Made in USA shoes. And Florsheim Imperial shoes in particular. One particular model that I have been searching for in my size is the Royal Imperial Concord 97604. For this model, its like Florsheim took the already excellent Imperial 93602 and turned it up to 11. To me, its the ultimate Florsheim gunboat.

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

You can distinguish this model from the 93602 by four visual cues: different toe medallion pattern; the double v-cleat (whoa); the foxing near the backstay; and the broguing pattern near the eyelets. According to a couple Japanese blogs, this model was produced from the mid-1960s until the early 1970s.

Florsheim Royal Imperial Double V-Cleat

I seen a few of these models on eBay but sadly have not found one in my size during the past few years. And I have been looking. I did recently find an Etsy listing for a NOS pair. This is only the third NOS pair I have seen. One of the other pairs can be found at Dr. Sevan Minasian’s excellent Classic Shoes for Men.

Florsheim Royal Imperial Logo

I emailed the owner of the Etsy listing and he was nice enough to send me full size photos of the shoes. These particular shoes were manufactured in 1971.

This is a 1969 catalog description of the model:
Florsheim Royal Imperial Concord 97604

Below are some additional photos of the Etsy shoes. Enjoy!

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

Florsheim Royal Imperial 97604

11 thoughts on “Florsheim Royal Imperial Concord 97604”

  1. Hi David!

    Thanks for the write-up! I wish I had found out about your site sooner. It’s a great resource for people interested in vintage American footwear.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi. What years were the 20330 models made? I have a DD date code. I am assuming 93, but could it be 83?
    I also have a factory code of 17. DO you know what factory that was?

  3. I don’t know the specific years but that model was made during the 80s and 90s. It was called the Harvard. My guess would be 93 as well. I have no info on the factory codes.

  4. I have a pair I’m selling. 10C. I will post on ebay soon. Looks like they have black buffed in. Hard to explain but they still look nice. Soles are pretty worn. Thanks for the blog. It gave me the info I needed to post them!


  5. I am not English spoken, so I have to check quite often, what the words mean, I like to see nice description, so I recently purchased a Royal Imperial Concord, because the seller said “… Overall beautiful brown shoes. Great for any man who wants to look extremely dapper for the long run. ” – I would have been unable to formulate this way,
    I checked the word “dapper” with Google-translate and bought the shoes.. They are not Vcleat and I am unable to date them . The number imprint reads 11D 28567 97625 made in USA, so I understand it’s a recent model. At $29.50 surely a good deal.

  6. The same day I bought a Imperial Kenmoor with Vcleat.

    I am completely inexperienced with Vcleat shoes, I guess the first day I almost felt like a young lady, who gets first experiences with high heels. When walking on the train station I was the only one, whose shoes made “clac – clac – clac” – are there any hints in this matter?

    By the way, I got these very cheap to, possibly because the seller offered them as “Kenmore”? Excellent shoes, but worst packing ever, just thrown in the box and sent – in spite of the good shoes unhappy with leaving good feedback for this seller..

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