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This printed leather boot comes from Florsheim by Duckie Brown’s fall/winter crop, but even though it won’t be on shelves for a few months, we couldn’t resist a sneak peek. Think of it as Red Wing meets Hokusai.
In case you forgot, Florsheim still makes a hell of a wingtip.
The newest model just caught our eye, and it’s still surprising how little has changed since the Duckie Brown collab, and really, in the last hundred years. If anything the last century’s served to make the just-slightly-formal shoe one of the most versatile items you can own. As always, we’ll throw in the vintage caveat, but these should be worth picking up fresh.
If you checked out GQ’s recent “work style” roundup, you may have caught a glimpse of their preferred brown wingtip, from Florsheim by Duckie Brown. What they didn’t tell you is that if you’re willing to do a little digging, you can probably pick up a pair for less than twenty bucks—provided you don't mind one with a little history.
Florsheim’s been turning out handsome, durably shoes for upwards of a century, so eBay is flooded with past renditions. (A victim of their own success, we know.) You’ll want to search for something with a Goodyear welt (for resole-ing) and no serious creases, but there’s enough floating around that you shouldn’t have trouble—especially if you give yourself a couple weeks. Here’sa couple to get you started…
Score one for the vintage crowd. These Florsheim brogues are currently on the block courtesy of Blackbird’s vintage division (10E, anyone?), and while you can see a few decades of wear on them, they still look better than most of the models on the shelves. The lesson: Apparently Florsheim builds them to last.
Duckie Brown has been mining Savile Row-style classicism for a while now, so it’s no surprise they finally brought some real cobblers on board. The real surprise here is the subtle shifts they bring in, like adding blues and greens to the leather-dyeing palate, matching the sole rubber to the color of the shoe, and putting out a whole line of cap-toes fastened with metal studs.
Best of all, they’re pricing the bulk of the line at $295, as a gesture to modern times.