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The Thrift Find | Florsheim Royal Imperial

Jul 15th, 2009 | Categories: Footwear | by Michael Williams

Speaking of tasseled loafers, check out this pair of vintage black leather Royal Imperial Florsheim shoes that I scored at a thrift store for $8. Made in the USA, natch. Eat your hearts out. Since we have already covered so much footwear ground I think I’ll just finish out tomorrow and Friday with more shoe / boot coverage. It is officially footwear week at ACL.





Comments: 18

18 Comments to “The Thrift Find | Florsheim Royal Imperial”

  1. Peteski
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:14 PM

    Not is a million years.

  2. Peteski
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:14 PM


  3. Heavy Tweed Jacket
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:28 PM

    Nice condition, too. My first pair of shoes after college were Florsheim Imperial wingtips in oxblood. They wore like iron. Very nostalgic to see these.

  4. Chris
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:54 PM

    If I were to sort through our family photos from the 80′s and into the early 90′s my father would be wearing these very shoes or Bass Weejun penny loafers. For some reason he was dead against laces on dress shoes.

  5. lanceunemode
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:57 PM

    OK, buddy… those don’t look like they came from the Goodwill in that condition. Please impart your dear readers (namely, me) with some shoe shining tips.

  6. doane
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 5:57 PM

    Say no to leather mistletoe.

  7. sorrentolens
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 6:46 PM

    Great find! Nice and clean.

  8. The Beggar
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 8:44 PM

    What’s up, Mr. Williams! Care to share some of your favorite NYC thrift / vintage shopping destinations?

  9. damien
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 9:16 PM

    I’ve been flirting with the tassled loafer for several months ever since I spotted a pair of Barker Black ostrich loafers at a sinful discount at one of my favorite local shops. These posts might just push me over the edge. Thanks

  10. Percy Chaysworth
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 10:15 PM


    Anyone with confidence and style can wear them! I love my brown Allen Edmonds which look similar.

  11. Thomas E.K.
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 12:05 AM

    Solid score.

  12. Mr. Morris
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 12:36 AM

    Those are a great find. I tend to have good luck at thrift stores as well.

    I you are gonna post bout shoes and boots for the rest of the week..the people may want to read about the Band Of Outsiders for Sperry collaboration from last year.

    The deconstructed boat shoes that came out were great. But my favorite were the boat boots. I have a pair of the wool boat boats and they are so very awesome. I even wear them during this hot summer in NY, but just on breezy nights out.

    Perhaps you already posted about it and I am just late on the game.

  13. Paul
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 9:41 AM

    Thumbs up on that find!

  14. Brent Mackintosh
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 1:52 PM

    Love those Imperials! Seeing those brings me back to when Florsheim was Florsheim.

  15. Mark
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 4:15 PM

    Anyone know the difference between the Imperial and Royal Imperial? I found these Imperials for $4 around a year ago. They seem older than the ones posted above, and they are clearly shell cordovan, while the ones posted above aren’t. I’m thinking the Royal Imperial was a recent (90′s) addition to the line??

    These are as is pictures. You can tell they were sitting in a damp basement by the mold on the shank area. The beauty of the horsehide, is after a cleaning, they look brand new. Also, check out the difference in the stitching on the inside tag and the all leather heel with V plates missing. Anyway, here are mine.

  16. ozzie friedman
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 4:34 PM

    I picked up a pair just like these in Palm Springs a few years back.
    Plenty of mold in the inside though.
    Being cordovan they polished up real nice.
    Cost me all of $12.
    I dig them out once and awhile.

  17. Alex
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 6:11 PM

    All the baby-boomers out there are probably loving this whole resurgence of prep. I mean this is like next-level preppyness ! I’m 31 and I really don’t feel like I can pull those off. I definetly appreciate the look though!

  18. Comfortably Smug
    on Jul 17th, 2009
    @ 1:12 AM

    As any gentleman financier will tell you, “Tassles for vassals.”

    Make mine captoe laceups