The King of Pop wore Florsheim shoes. He wore the Como and Como Imperial, and we’re offering a different style, but that’s one heck of an endorsement.
Introducing Florsheim Men’s Freedom Black Oxfords in sizes 12 and 13. If your feets are men’s size 12 or 13, you need these shoes. They’re comfortable, stylish, and your feet will be representing a legacy going back to 1892. No, the King of Pop wasn’t that old. The company has been around for that long, and the company history is pretty darn cool.
But first, the Freedom Black Oxfords:
So, Florsheim. Good old Milton Florsheim founded the company in 1892. He and his dad Sigmund made their first shoes in the Windy City. By the time the Great Depression rolled around, Florsheim had 5 factories, 2500 employees, 71 retail outlets and 9000 dealers. Shoe dealers. Oh, and a bunch of regional wholesalers.
If you lived in a dink little town and wanted to sell shoes, all you had to do was get in touch with Florsheim and they’d hook you up. Some of these dink towns could ONLY get Florsheim to play ball with them, so there were whole towns in the U.S. that had Florsheim-clad footsies.
The company went to Milton’s son Irving in 1936, and then Irving’s brother, Harold, in 1946. The company sold to the International Shoe Company in 1953. Florsheim wasn’t ready to stop, so they became a separate division in 1956. Sometime in the 1980’s Florsheim was absorbed by International Shoe Company, which was then called Interco.
Interco declared bankruptcy in 1991 but kept the Florsheim business until they stopped selling shoes altogether. Florsheim broke off and became a different company, and changed the name to Florsheim Shoe Group in 1996.
But because of other shoe companies, by the early 21st century, Florsheim stores had closed.
In 2002, Thomas and John Florsheim (related to the original founders), purchased the company and they are still making awesome shoes today.
So that’s your history lesson, folks. And don’t forget to clad your size 12 and 13 footsies in those awesome shoes. Buy them here.