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My favorite pair of Florsheim shoes is feeling the tear and wear of time. After using them for more than ten years, my Florsheim loafers are beginning to tear down. The right shoe has a small opening, and as days pass by, the opening is increasing. It’s like having a sudden unexpected ventilation. A replacement is needed.
On Sunday, March 14, 2010, my wife and I drove over to Metromall to find my deteriorating shoes replacement. I found exactly what I was looking for at a very reasonable price. The price was so appealing I decided to buy two pairs instead on the intended one. One pair was paid in full with my plastic card and the other one was set aside with a down payment of $20.00–again with plastic money.
As usual, I took several photographs of my new pair of shoes to celebrate the occasion. As you know, I have a deep appreciation for Florsheim shoes, although this one was not exactly of this brand, but it was pretty close as you will soon find out. This affection dates back a long time.
These are my new leather babies. Here we go.
I paid $66.68 for this pair of Nunn Bush shoes as follows:
- Original Price: $79.50
- 20 percent discount: ($15.90)
- Sales Tax (5 percent): $3.18
- Net Price: $66.78
Needless to say, these shoes are also manufactured in China . I wouldn’t be surprised at all if American coins or the American dollar is pretty soon printed in China. Good Day.
I love my Florsheim shoes pretty much the same way some people love their pets. The older they get, the most affection they get from me. This love affair goes back a long time.
I saw a Florsheim shoe for the first time when I traveled to New York in October of 1980. I was being promoted to Sales Supervisor of marine fuels and lubes by Texaco and had to spend 15 days in New York and 15 days in London and Brighton to shape me up. It was be best experience in my life. But that’s another story.
In New York, I was staying at the Roosevelt Hotel; the same hotel where famous musician Guy Lombardo played for thirty years. On a cold Sunday afternoon, I decided to go out and explore the city. It was time to meet the beast face to face. I went window shopping at Manhattan’s famous Fifth Avenue.
The windows displays were gorgeous. It was October and the stores were getting ready to make the big killing in December. In one of those windows I spotted the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t resist the temptation of taking a closer look. Only to look I said, since my budget was extremely limited and I was in foreign lands. When I exited the store, my Net Worth had decreased by $50. Plastic money helped me out—Visa.
Since then, I’ve been completely faithful to Florsheim shoes. Not even once have I faltered in my love affair with this leather product. Even as we speak, I have four pairs of Florsheim shoes. They are the only ones I have. Here they are:
This is a Kenmoor 17109 Florsheim shoe. The Kenmoor classic long wing tip brogue dress shoe has either a heritage calfskin leather or pebble grain cashmere calf leather upper, and is fully leather lined. This shoe features a double leather sole with Goodyear Welt construction for exceptional durability. The Kenmoor is also part of the Florsheim Imperial line, which represents only the finest leathers and craftsmanship. It has a price tag of $225. Ouch!
The Berkley beef-roll penny loafer is made with a genuine hand sewn moccasin construction, and features a leather upper and a durable leather sole. This is a classic Florsheim shoe and sells for $90 which is not a bad deal.
Well guys, these are my babies. They are so durable I’m sure they will outlive me.
Before I close the post, I know the photographs above suck. The tungsten lamp light above the shoes was too strong, which gave the pictures a bluish tint. I apologize for that; but as you know, I’m still learning the ropes in photography. I promise to keep on studying. Good Day.
Edit: With the colaboration of my friend Michael Moor, a professional photographer, I replaced the previous photographs with new ones enhanced by Michael. I wish to thank him for his assistance and support in making Lingua Franca a better blog.