Founder: Milton S. Florsheim
Year Founded: 1892
America's most famous dress shoe brand is almost certainly Florsheim. For more than a hundred years, the company has made traditional dress shoes. Florsheim are paritcularly known for their longwings, a style once associated with grandpas in cardigans, but now favored by the hip set. While Florsheim shoes has slipped dramatically over the past forty years or so, they've recently taken up efforts to improve the situation, introducing Goodyear-welted shoes made in India and a continuing collaboration with the designer brand Duckie Brown.