Spring 2013 Florsheim by Duckie Brown, Florsheim Limited: The Modern and the Classic
Florsheim made a bold move hiring those zany Duckie Brown boys to put all sorts of pop color and beads on their typically more subdued, ready to wear (to work), style of mens shoe. And they did so to great effect. Their walk on the wild side, which began for Fall 2012, continues straight through to spring with more beading, this time in an all over red brogue and more graphically on a black and white one. Other pops are the laceless wingtips (which in black, cognac and navy are quite way to loosen up a look), the laceless skaddle in some handsome tonal colorways and the frumpy moccasins in emerald and yellow. But actually, the whole collection pops—if you’re into the aforementioned, you’ll certainly like the turquoise, suede penny loafer and the saddle shoes as well. If you’re less “Duckie” and more “brown,” Florsheim Limited still does things up conservatively—anything from the casual navy and tan Tienomite lace up boat shoe to the more formal calfskin leather and suede Marlton with its brogue’d perforations. And if you’re in New York City, be sure to check out their newly renovated flagship at 444 Madison Ave, a nice update of mid-century modern proportions.