Florsheim shoes dating---decoding rule 

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by trolperft, May 26, 2009.

  1. trolperft

    trolperft Senior Member

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    I emailed Florsheim and a kind gentleman told me how to date Florsheim shoes.

    Example of Inside marking; 81/2 D 614745 11 93602 IE.

    IE portion shows the month and the year of manufacture.

    " That code was applied at a factory of which we no longer use to produce
    the shoes....so the code is no longer in use. Also, with that being said, it
    was during a limited time that we produced the shoes at that factory.
    However, the rule in place with that code was that the first letter (in this
    case the "I") referred to the month it was produced. "A" would equal
    January, so your "I" equals September. The second letter in that code equals the
    year....."A" would be 0, and your "E" would be "5". Knowing that we only
    used that factory during the late 70's and most of the 80's, we were able to
    pinpoint it to 1985.

    Again, that is when the leathers were produced, and before they were
    completed and left the factory to be shipped here. When they were purchased is
    not verifiable by us."
     
  2. dport86

    dport86 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Thanks for sharing this great information. I was able to date 3 of my longwings as a result: two to the early 80's, one to the late 70's. In each instance I thought the shoes were older. Interesting that Florsheim was still making truly top quality shell longwings well into the 80's.
     
  3. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Advanced Member

    Wouldn't the "E" be "4 (A=0, B=1, C=2, D=3, E=4)?" Anyway, nice work.
     

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