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In 1985 my wife and I took a long deserved vacation to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.  It was a wonderful vacation where I turned instantly into a teenage kid.  I danced, sang, posed and acted like a youngster, though I was 35 at that time.  At Epcot I met the future.  Everything was far out, (e.g. the monorail, the robots which looked like real people, the glass roofs which produced electricity, the hidden phones, and the list continues ad infinitum.)

On our way back home, we made a brief stop of two days in Miami.  Another great experience.  The weather was very much like the one in Panama, Spanish was spoken almost everywhere and there was so much to see.  To make a long story short, I purchased two pairs of Florsheim shoes from a loquacious Cuban salesman.  He suggested I buy the Bostonian model in colors black and brown.  I fell for his sales pitch and coughed out about $80.00 for both pairs.  A bargain if compared with Panama’s retail prices for Florsheim shoes.

As time passed, the brown shoes lost its war against wear and tear.  The black ones resisted and are still with me.  The soles and rubber heels have been replaced twice making them look almost like a new pair of shoes.  Needless to say, they are my favorite shoes.  With them I feel like a well-dressed gentleman.

Below is a picture of a pair of Florsheim black shoes dating back to 1985.  That’s more than 28 long years.  How do you like them green apples?

Snapshot of a pair of 28-year old Bostonian Florsheim shoes bought in Miami in 1985. They are my favorite pair of shoes. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Before saying Bye, I would like to point out, that in Panama, we can’t buy Florsheim shoes made in the USA anymore.  All of them are made in China.  The shoes you see in this picture is an original product produced in the United States.  And now it’s time to say Good Bye wishing you a wonderful day.

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Photo by©Omar Upegui R.

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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.

Photograph of an attractive plastic bag provided by D Domani shoe store. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Photograph of the box of my new pair of shoes. The brand is not exactly Florsheim, but it has the same classical Florsheim style. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Photograph of the new pair of shoes inside the box covered with transparent plastic bags. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Notice that the footwear has the same classic look of a Florsheim shoe. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Another view of my recently purchased pair of shoes at Metromall. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Trying to imitate Madison Avenue, I added a pamphlet from Florsheim Corp. to enhance the picture of the footwear. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

Take notice that I changed the Florsheim pamphlet behind the shoes. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

I enlarged the commercial pamphlet in an effort to create the impression of an authentic magazine ad. (Credit: ©Omar Upegui R.)

I paid $66.68 for this pair of Nunn Bush shoes as follows:

  1. Original Price:  $79.50
  2. 20 percent discount:  ($15.90)
  3. Sales Tax (5 percent):  $3.18
  4. 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.

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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:

Photograph of the original shoes I purchased in New York in 1980. They have been with me for just about 29 years. The same number of years Ive been married to my wife.

Photograph of the original shoes I purchased in New York in 1980. They have been with me for just about 29 years. The same number of years I've been married to my wife.

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!

Photograph of another pair of Kenmoor 1709 Florsheim shoes. These are newer shoes, but I cant remember when I bought them. They have been repaired twice and look like new, as you can see.

Photograph of another pair of Kenmoor 1709 Florsheim shoes. These are newer shoes, but I can't remember when I bought them. They have been repaired twice and look like new, as you can see.

Photograph of a pair of FLS Berkley Penny ST 30253 Florsheim shoes. These shoes are so soft on your feet, they compete with tennis shoes. They are made in China. They havent been to the shoe repair shop yet.

Photograph of a pair of FLS Berkley Penny ST 30253 Florsheim shoes. These shoes are so soft on your feet, they compete with tennis shoes. They are made in China. They haven't been to the shoe repair shop yet.

Photograph of my new classic Berkley Florsheim shoes in Burgundy color. I have used them only a couple of times. I love its casual style.

Photograph of my new classic Berkley Florsheim shoes in Burgundy color. I have used them only a couple of times. I love its casual style.

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.

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