DUCKIE BROWN FOR FLORSHEIM

What happens when a stodgy, almost-forgotten brand gets together with a couple of emerging avant-garde designers? In the case of Florsheim and Duckie Brown, near perfection. For their first collaboration with the Milwaukee-based footwear giant, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, the men behind Duckie, turned what was best known as a ho-hum line of mall staples into a covetable collection of upscale saddle shoes, brogues, and plain-toe lace-ups.

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What happens when a stodgy, almost-forgotten brand gets together with a couple of emerging avant-garde designers? In the case of Florsheim and Duckie Brown, near perfection. For their first collaboration with the Milwaukee-based footwear giant, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, the men behind Duckie, turned what was best known as a ho-hum line of mall staples into a covetable collection of upscale saddle shoes, brogues, and plain-toe lace-ups. When you're visiting your grandfather in Boca, tell him you're wearing Florsheim. When you're at a party with friends, they're Duckie Brown. Courtney Colavita

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