Iconic men’s footwear brand Florsheim is celebrating a milestone this year. The Glendale, Wisc.,-based company is turning 125 and marking the occasion with a duo of anniversary styles inspired by original designs from the early 1900s.
The Florsheim design team explored the company’s vault to create the new/old looks. Original details are represented, such as the woven label inside each shoe, signifying founder Milton Florsheim’s vision to let consumers know they were buying genuine Florsheims.
The updated versions have been made as true to the originals as possible, but with modern last shapes and materials. Each pair is crafted from leather from one of the U.S.’s oldest tanneries, Horween Leather Co.
Included in the offerings is a cap-toe oxford based on an archival style from 1905, done in smooth and embossed leather. The companion wingtip, one of the earliest for the brand, draws its inspiration from a short wing style featured in a Florsheim advertisement from 1908. It’s detailed with Horween’s Essex vegetable-tanned leather, which starts as a light tan and then naturally darkens, developing a patina over time.
Both styles are available online and retail for $250.