A Loveable Brogue (Slight Return)
This informed the cover of the next Dexy's album, 'Don't Stand Me Down'. And while Kevin wore loafers for the cover shoot, Billy Adams looked tidy in his Florsheim wingtips.
The Florsheim company has changed hands several times since then and many aficionados claim that the older, American-made versions were the utmost. And thanks to the wonders of online shopping, I now have myself a previously unworn, vintage pair of Imperial brogues, with the metal V cleats in the heels and the double-sole Budapester with the storm welt. Whatever that is. The cordovan, a derivative of horse hide, is tough and shiny and a challenge to wear in. But hey, it was cool enough for Dexys and man enough for Lee Marvin in Point Blank. We got to have it, sole power.