Tuesday, July 7, 2009

FLORSHEIM IMPERIAL LONGWINGS / WINGTIPS WITH V-CLEAT


Today I'd like to highlight my pride and joy in footwear. My vintage Florsheim Imperial Longwings. Complete with the coveted metal V-Cleat heel.


These are probably from the late 50's or early 60's. Fantastic pebble-grain leather with leather soles and heel, nailed and they have the 5 nails in the arch! (the sign of the best shoes of the era)
Florsheim's don't have a much of a reputation today, but 50 years ago... they were the best American shoes equal with Nettleton's.

One thing about having the V-Cleat is, they are very slippery on smooth surfaces like marble or cement, so walk easy.

The Shoes are very comfortable and my feet are not tired after a long day. You can sometimes find later models still unworn on the bay but they go for a hefty sum.



So if you can, pick up a pair of wingtips as they go with everything from your finest suit to your pair of vintage denim... You'll be glad you did!

9 comments:

  1. I found the exact same pair at an estate sale for 5 bucks , they fit perfect. sweet.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Those are longwings not wingtips. There's a difference.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Absolutely beautiful, nothing like a nice pair of longwings.

    ReplyDelete
  4. My father and grandfather always wore those in the 60's and I thought they were so horribly old-fashioned. Now I am wearing them and love them. Guess I made the full circle.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Mine did too and I always had to move my toys or he would step on them and crush them... they're heavy shoes....

    ReplyDelete
  6. These are great looking Florsheims, and am sure they sound great with the leather heels and v-plate

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beauties! I bought a pair in black in the 1980's which the store clerk described as "Extra Heavy" the V cleat and nails did make for extra wear, though as you state the cleat skidded on marble floors (lots of them where I worked) and the nailheads could pick up carpet fibers.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What is the difference between longings and wingtip?

    ReplyDelete
  9. A wingtip is a shoe that has a decorative (perforated) toe that looks like wings when you look from up above the shoe. A long wingtip is a shoe that has an elongated toe (1/2 size or more) with the same perforated wing. The cheaper shoes do the design with stitching. The more costly shoes over lap the leather and then sew the stitching. This same type of stitching can go along the upper part of the shoe or even go around the heel. The definition gets more complicated with a long boat or a brogan.

    ReplyDelete

Hello and thanks for commenting on PoohBang.com!