Custom Order FLORSHEIM IMPERIAL Black SHELL CORDOVAN Full Brogue: 46D
€440.00SOLD to Mr. S. H., København
Size: 46-46.5 [US12-12.5] [UK 11-11.5]
Styles: Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Derbys, Shell Cordovan
Custom Order Black Shell Cordovan
Full Brogue Budapester
“The finest and most durable shoe ever made in America.”
This is a special order shoe (rather than a size, the name of the client is printed inside). If you are one of my old clients you most likely have at least one if not more pairs of Florsheim Imperials, Plain Front or Full Brogue Budapesters, in Scotch Grain or Crodovan. Here is one of the last available in Black Shell Cordovan in this size, the last word in such a shoe, the finest ever made in America or anywhere, the grandfather of all modern cordovan shoes and the most sought after shoe in the world.
Tanned by the world’s best cordovan tannery, Horween of Chicago, the cordovan leather chosen for this custom order masterpiece is from a flawless, even textured, close-grained hide of unsurpassed and unsurpassable quality. . Moreover, a shoe of this build quality, with double sole, is a gift from the gods for a big or a heavy man or any man who is hard on shoes. You will be wearing this pair long after you have walked out of several other pairs of less substantial pairs.. Look closely at the massive oak-tanned channeled double sole and the additional “split reverse welt” (the so-called “storm welt”). Please notice the double row of hand-set nails and tri-angular cleat that protect the heel. The attention to detail in the Imperials is most impressive. Compare this or any Florsheim Imperials to a pair of Church’s, Crockett & Jones, or Alden’s Brogues (all of which I myself sell) and you will see what a bargain this superior Florsheim Imperial is. Read what my other clients have said about this shoe; they rave, and rightly so.
Cordovan shoes are a typically American tradition and Allen Edmonds and Alden, two American shoemakers, are the premiere contemporary producers of cordovan shoes. Others (Crockett and Church’s in England; Vass, Dinkellacker, Reiter in Germany and Hungary), responding to the popularity of this material, have begun to produce cordovans too, and some very good ones. Still, among the cognoscenti, Florsheim, with its ironclad Imperials (while a few are still to be found on the after-market) remains the most loved “vintage” producer of Cordovans and their Full Brogues like this one remain unsurpassed.
Size Details:Unmarked as to size however by my precise measurements revealed to be a US 12D..... (11E UK)..... (Continental 46D), for the medium width foot.
Excellent original condition. Soles and heels very lightly worn.