*FLORSHEIM Royal Imperial SHELL CORDOVAN Derby, Circa 1980:44.5D
Florsheim “Royal” Imperial
Plain Front Derby, Circa 1980-1986
“The finest and most durable shoe ever made in America.”
I think it is fair to say that this is among the most rare (and most desirable) American classics of the last century. Not only is this model far scarcer even than Florsheim’s own Cordovan Full Brogue model, but the best pieces of Horween Shell are reserved for what is, practically speaking, a “wholecut” shoe, that is to say, a shoe who’s upper is made from one piece of leather. Unlike the Full Brogue made from several smaller pieces of leather, imperfections cannot be tolerated or worked around in the plain front shoe. Indeed Florsheim’s leather was produced the world’s best cordovan tannery, Horween of Chicago; an even textured, close-grained hide of unsurpassed and unsurpassable quality and proven by this particualr pair which has been resoled and reheeled at least once, perhaps more and is still servicable. .
Postage: Innerhalb Deutschlands Euro 6,90; France Euro 14,20; Japan and theFar East Euro 28,10…US $12.
Size Details:US 11D .......10E UK.....Continental 44.5D, for the medium width foot.
Well used, a workhorse, darkening with age and use, replacement full leather soles and combination heels in good condition.