Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Florsheim Limited | Veblen




So the one question I get every day is "I can't afford to get into Alden's or Allen Edmonds and I want some wingtips that have a great look and quality construction... etc, etc."

Well, after countless shoes tried on, examined, walked in, and mostly viewed online... these are those shoes.  I'm a huge fan of this particular color (Wine) which isn't as dark as #8 cordovan,  and the natural colored welt is a rad combo... it looks great dressed up or with denim, and the leather is pretty damn supple for a $160 pair of shoes...  I'll snap a few fit pics here this coming weekend and let you know how they wear in...  Hope this helps a few of you.

**Editor's note, they are also available in Rust and Wine for $150 from NEED SUPPLY

30 comments:

anders said...

Would you ever consider adding a thin rubber sole to these? I'm a fan of leaving them as is to get the wear showing, but it does get inconvenient when it's wet out

Ryan said...

naa. I wouldn't nor would I know how to do such a thing... I don't have a problem, and I wear bean boots when it snows here in the winter and throw the shoes in a bag when its nasty out...

Isaac said...

Helps me. Thanks for the recommendation.

If I get them I will probably end up putting thin rubber on the bottom for practicality, like anders mentioned.When I worked in North Africa I had to do it with all of my shoes due to the uneven/broken pavement, and a thin layer doesn't show unless you expose your soles.

Nicolas Lazaro said...

You can get a thin vibram sole added, helps with traction too: http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt43/jeremycandoit/IMG_0709.jpg

Ryan said...

what the hell are you guys talking about?! haha... who does this? Leave your soles alone and learn how to walk, haha... I'm just kidding but seriously.. is this common? I don't know anyone who does this....

One Man's Style said...

My friend (Kyle on DD) has these and had some rubber(?) put on the bottoms at a shop here in Boston. Its super thin, cant really even notice it when wearing em, and extends the life of the sole!

Jay said...

Are these the "wine" color?

Ryan said...

Jay- yes sir!

eupham said...

I do know folks who put rubber skins on their leather soles. There are positives and negatives. Yes, it does help preserve the leather soles in inclement weather, but it also keeps the shoe from drying out after wear and molding propperly. Remember, leather molds and breathes, so by adding a rubber tread you are in effect keeping the soles from breathing the way they should. My reccomnedation: care for your shoes and re-sole them as needed. Skip the rubber.

spiffydave said...

to the folks wanting a rubber sole lining and shortwings. cole haan makes this little number that is on sale at nordstrom right now for $130. the pictures don't do it justice. i have a pair and they've got great traction, construction, and shine. slightly pointier than florsheim too.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3084259?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=115

you're welcome.

Ryan said...

spiffy, not feeling that cut at all, too pointy/trendy... but too each is own... I like my shoes to not stand out at all and then 45 minutes later your'e like "damn, those are nice, what are they" Except when I wear whiskey... I've literally been stopped on the street and asked if I was @Pletty... creepy, but funny...

spiffydave said...

@ryan

as i said, the pictures there don't do them justice. they don't look quite so pointy in real life. it's just an alternative to the florsheim in a similar budget/quality range.

Ryan said...

Spiffy- no worries bro, thanks for sharing!

sokhos said...

they certainly look nice, but can you speak to how well they are made?
also, where they're made?
thanks

Ryan said...

Sokhos- I can't yet speak to the "overall" quality since I've only worn them three times...

Where they are made is overseas, in multiple Florsheim owned factories. Since I'd imagine Florsheim makes about 10X the amount of shoes Alden make a year in about a month, so they need a little different economies of scale... but then again, this pair of shoes is more than half price of the cheapest welted Alden... so there are tradeoffs.... but thats for you to decide, I'm just offering suggestions. Thanks for the inquiry!

Isaac said...

Well, I think leather soles are great, but if I'm using them as a real walking/out and about shoe, I don't always like the slippage. I don't spend a lot of time in an office environment, so I appreciate more flexibility.

Also, yesterday I was out in leather sole shoes and there was some fine gravel in the parking lot. Stuck up on the leather, and one big piece actually stuck between the half rubber/half leather heel. (And these are CP Company derbies with nice soles)

Ryan said...

@(the other) Ryan,

My wife did this, the thin rubber adhesive to the bottom of her Chanel ballet flats when they wore out. Before she did this, I had no idea you could do that.

I'm not sure I'd do it...Might just opt for a new sole and otherwise avoid the wet....

David P. Hanesana said...

How does the fit compare to Alden's barrie last? I've been considering a pair of the Duckie Brown collab in dark cherry cordovan

Ryan said...

David, I'm a 10D in the Barrie, and a 10.5D in these, so these are true to size...

EJ said...

You should be wearing rubber overshoes (or galoshes) when it's raining out. I got a pair of Allen Edmonds with leather soles last year and I always have the overshoes with me in bad weather. It's old school, and there isn't always an easy place to store them at restaurants and the like, but it'll keep your shoes nice.

pandionknight said...

I recently bought a pair of brown monk-strap shoes which were hand made in italy. They have leather soles that were quite scuffed and the heels worn down to the indicator. I found them in a thrift store and only paid £4.50.
For another £19 I had new rubber heels and soles fitted (as discussed above). The cobbler complimented me saying they were a good pair of shoes. I must say they look great. I'm so pleased with the end result.

BJ said...

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clydefrazierapproves.com said...

They look a little shiny in the photos. Are they corrected grain?

Pitboss12 said...

Ryan - The thin rubber that are applied to leather soles are called topys. Any cobbler can due it for pretty cheap. I don't like the look but some people swear by them.

By the way, I appreciated the editor's not the other day. Thank you for not setting up a blog shop to sell me an "archival" "heirloom" quality item made in collaboration with the "heritage" brand du jour. Keep up the good work.

Speedmaster said...

D@mn those look good!

Ryan said...

Hi Ryan

That VEBLEN wine is so cool!
I visited NEED SUPPLY, but there was not have 7 size.

So, I found in here.
http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/12071.html

Is that same shoes you brought?

I can find that this shoes is different outsole logo yours.
There have not Limited logo.

This two shoes are different.
Is that right?

http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Florsheim_Veblen_Blucher_in_Wine_557.html

http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/12071.html



Where did you buy your shoes?

Ryan said...

same shoe man... just different pictures and shops...

TA said...

Hi, Ryan

quick question... where are these shoe made? U.S.?

thanks!

jasfish12 said...

Love your site. I just got these shoes today and they look great! Can't wait to wear them. The pictures you took really do a nice job of showing the quality & detail of these shoes. Blogged about it here: http://tumblr.com/x57rns6in.

@TA: I think they make their shoes in China & India. Company is based in Wisconsin, not far from where I live. Wish they made them here.

xNastyNatex said...

hey ryan, i just picked up a pair of the brown veblens, i have a question regarding wear. I tried on a 10.5 (i wear size 11 in nikes etc) and I was swimming in them, so I picked up a size 10, they fit fine but i've worn them about 6 times and they've been destroying my heels. how many times do you have to wear these in before they become comfortable? thanks man