I know… “Florsheim.” But hear me out…
When I hear the name Florsheim, I think of shoes my dad would wear. “Old man-ish,” “conservative,” or “uncool” are some descriptives that come to mind. I wouldn’t consider Florsheim an edgy brand on the “get” list for most hipsters.
But when someone makes a smart and well-crafted long wingtip shoe with a quality leather upper, a leather lining, and a Goodyear Welted double leather sole with nice English “heft” to the thickness and width, I don’t care what the perception of the brand is. Introduced by Florsheim in 1949, the Florsheim Imperial Kenmoor Wingtip is that shoe.
I’m a sucker for a pair of wingtips. Shoes from Alden, Church’s, Grenson and other top-tier shoemakers are glorious, but a pair of them will run you a half a grand or more. Florsheim Imperial Kenmoor Wingtips, on the other hand, will set you back an easy $225. They come in black, burgundy, “tumbled” pebble-grain black, and cognac (pictured below). They’re fabulous shoes.
I have three pairs.
TIP: Florsheims tend to run narrow for my foot. Where a medium D width is my usual, E is actually better for me with the Kenmoor Imperials.