Saturday, December 18, 2010


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Looks very stylish and at the same time provides full comfort for your feet because of soft and breathable patent leather, cushioned footbed and leather sole. The sole ensures perfect comfort for heels. Best for using in special occasions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Judson: FLORSHEIM Men's Shoe! Buffalo Leather Shoe!

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The shine, the smoothness and the stitches of "The Judson" moc toe slip on shoes from FLORSHEIM look attractive. A variation from traditional FLORSHEIM shoes, these look great, particularly, if you dare not to try something different. Gone are the days when shoes would last long, ever long. The good point is that these shoes are made of buffalo leather upper. The buffalo leather itself is known for being strong, tough, and soft. So, these shoes will be both durable and comfortable footwear. This leather is mostly used for production of institutional shoes  like those for the army or factory workers. So, you can imagine the shocks it should withstand. The leather sole will further enhance shoe life and cushioned footbed provides great comfort for your feet. Available at $100 price point, these look affordable when compared to other FLORSHEIM shoes. Overall, I think this is a good investment.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Former FLORSHIEM Employee, Norma Nadine Ownbey, Went to be With her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

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1927 - 2010

When I started this blog on August 4th, 2010, I planned to include all the news and happenings around the century old shoe brand, FLORSHEIM. And I had no clue that it would be so early to announce the sad demise of a former FLORSHEIM employee, Norma Nadine Ownbey, who went with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday (August 21, 2010) at 8:35 p.m. Born in Kirksville, Missouri, Norma attended Benton Elementary School and Ophelia-Parrish Junior High School of the Kirksville Public Schools. At the age of 16, Norma dropped out of public school to work full time at Florsheim Shoe Factory in Kirksville. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday (August 25, 2010) at Church of God-Holiness in Kirksville. The news was featured at The photo was also taken from that website.
My sincerest regards for the departed soul. May her soul rest in peace!

Monday, August 23, 2010

FLORSHEIM the STEEL TOE BOOT A Dependable Work Boot

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Well nearly after a week I'll talk about the FLORSHEIM Steel Toe boot. It's a work/ safety boot. And my definition of work boot includes rugged construction, protection against wear and tear, and good shock resistance plus resistance to electrical shocks.

Steel toe, as the name suggests, has a non-corrosive protective cap at its toe. It gives protection for feet. It features leather upper, moisture repellent drilex lining, dual density outsole made of shock absorbent polyurethane and foam footbed. The Welt Construction allows constant air flow through the shoe, this keeps the shoes ventilated, durable and strong. It provides safety against electrical hazards.

I can't say it looks very fashionable. The blunt frontal part, stretched rear part and the symmetrical design give it a rather dull look. But at the same time it looks dependable. Good for working under hazardous environment.

Does it make sense to pay that extra $30, when most FLORSHEIM shoes are available at $100 price point?
Well it is likely to be used more as a safety footwear, so, it has to qualify the official standards (ASTM F2413-05) in the United States. This explains the added cost.

And there are few rants regarding longevity. I have seen it works great till being worn out after serving for 3+ years. Particularly the toe region is prone to damages. It depends a lot on usage conditions and proper shoe care.

I don't have it really, neither I would prefer to work in hazardous environment to try a pair of steel toe boots. I'm quite comfortable sitting before my computer and helping clueless guys in picking up the right pair.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

1892 FLORSHEIM Shoe Factory Photo

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Thanks to for sharing this wonderful photo of 1892 FLORSHEIM factory. As per their report, by the end of the 1990s, Florsheim Shoe Group Inc. had about 10 percent of the market for men’s dress shoes, making it the leading company in the trade. By that time, when it was doing close to $250 million in annual sales, only about 10 percent of its some 2,000 employees worldwide worked in the Chicago area.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

FLORSHEIM By Duckie Brown

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Photo: The Wall Street Journal 
Designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, the founders of Duckie Brown, a New York based fashion line for men's, found inspirations from the old archives of FLORSHEIM and blended fascinating styles. Vibrant colors include electric blue, purple, even green - a deviation from traditional black/ burgundy shade, the laceless styles added unique look. Priced higher than the standard $100 a pair but still cheaper when compared with other designer shoes. As per Jan 8, 2009 issue of The Wall Street Journal,  Barneys New York will carry Duckie Brown collections.
FLORSHEIM official website includes in this line The Brogue, The Laceless Wing, The Suede Lace Up, The Brogue Boot, The Patriot Boot, The Loafer, The Saddle, The Perf Plain Toe, The Cap Toe, The Welder Brogue, and The Welder Boot.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FLORSHEIM Men's Dress Shoes Round Up

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Way back in 1892, Milton Florsheim started manufacturing men's dress shoes and even today, these shoes hold true to his vision of high quality footwear. Mostly comes up in black, brown and burgundy color - these are perfect both for smart casual and formal events. These trendy shoes can be worn all day long.

The Welles cap toe dress shoe is made with a bologna construction, i.e.,  the upper leather is wrapped all the way around and directly stitched to the sole - a typical Italian style, for added flexibility, and features a calfskin leather (renowned for softness and fine grains) upper, leather linings for breathability and an enhanced fit, a buffed leather sole, and a fully cushioned footbed.

The Garfield moc toe dress shoe has leather made upper & linings, a Bio Comfort Sock Liner, and a new F-LITE EMAX® sole.

The John moc toe dress shoe also has leather made upper & linings, a Bio Comfort Sock Liner with Suedetec, and a new F-LITE EMAX® sole.

The Lido slip-on dress shoe, the oh-so-perfect shoe, is made with moccasin construction with  padded calfskin leather upper with a hidden elastic gore, leather linings, polyurethane sole, and a Florsheim Comfortech® insole, a removable completely cushioned footbed.

The Riva slip-on dress shoe, a dress shoe with the comfort of a slipper, is made with moccasin construction, and it has kidskin (soft) leather upper, a hidden elastic gore, leather linings, slip-resistant polyurethane sole, and a Florsheim Comfortech® insole, completely cushioned footbed, easy on / off. A best seller for Florsheim for almost three decades.

My favorite?
Obviously The Riva! Easy on/ off with great comfort!

Did You Know? Weyco Group Announced Agreement to Purchase Florsheim Group Inc. in 2002!

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On March 4, 2002, Weyco (Weyenberg Shoe Manufacturing Company) Group announced that they have entered into an agreement with Florsheim Group, Inc., to purchase Florsheim's domestic wholesale business, related assets and certain Florsheim retail stores for approximately $44.8 million in cash (subject to certain adjustments) and the assumption of certain trade and lease liabilities.

Weyco Group, located in Glendale, Wisconsin, is currently the headquarters of Florsheim Shoes.
Weyco Group, Inc. (WEYS) engages in the retail and wholesale distribution of men’s footwear in North America, Australia, South Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. It offers men’s casual, dress, and fashion shoes under Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, Brass Boot, and Nunn Bush NXXT brands.

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