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According to Nick Horween, the amount of bloom varies widely from different pieces of shell. Natural product produced with traditional methods. No way to predict how much you will get.    It seems it eventually stops once the extra wax has come out.  Horween posted a picture of a pair of shoes that had not been regularly wiped and became completely encased in wax.   The way of shell...
DW,    I suspected as much. Takes a lot of skill to make something look simple. I will control my cheap impulses and use the reliable B Nelson.   Thanks.
Noble,   Thanks for the reply. I agree I want no part of a half sole. I assume it must disturb the structural integrity of the sole, which is the platform of the shoe.   DW,   Informative as always. I have never actually seen this done, but if it involves essentially a heavy duty sewing machine, then there would need to be clearance to fit the full thickness in there.   While I have your attention, is resoling a shoe something a handy amateur could do without...
On a different note entirely.   I took a pair of classic longwings to a long established and successful cobbler shop. Nice guy who has done good work for me in the past, although not resoles. I asked him to resole the shoes. He looked at the double leather soles and said they were too thick for him to resole.   After that I contacted two of the mail order resole shops asking whether they can resole double leather shoes. The responses were virtually identical, leading...
Since we are on the topic of best condtioners, this seems like a good time to quote what museum conservators say about preserving leather. They have different goals than we do. They want the objects to last as long as possible, but they do not "use" them at all. No one would be permitted to put on a pair of museum shoes, let alone walk around in them or expose them to the elements.  That said, the conservator's view of leather dressings is uniformly negative.  This is from...
I use microfiber cloth for shoes. Softer than cotton (don't know whether this matters), cleans easily, and so cheap that it does not matter that I had to buy them. Auto shops sell them in bunches for car finishing.
Fascinating. I have at times spent more on repairs of some shoes than it would have cost to replace them. This happened because they were no longer wearable, but I could not bring myself to throw away shoes that could be saved.   Another reason I don't buy expensive shoes. If I had such possessions, I would not be able to make a business decision to discard them when a repair by an expert shoemaker would extend their lives.   Glad to know there are people out there who...
Can DW or someone explain why there would be a need, or a point, to replace the insole? Protected as it is by the uppers and outsole, does the insole ever outlive the upper? It would seem more likely that the insole would be in good shape while the uppers, exposed to the elements as they are, deteriorated beyond repair.   Since replacing the insole also means destroying the footbed that has developed, why would someone do it if they did not have to?   Do uppers ever...
 Easy to imagine you having that problem. If DW were to make shoe trees, they would be works of art. The would probably be worth the price to people who would buy his bespoke products in the first place.
DW,   I was interested in your comment that you cannot get lasted shoe trees. I understand if you mean that you cannot find a last maker who will make trees at the same time as the lasts, and I gather last makers are hard to come by anyway.   I would have thought that there would be a middle ground between off the shelf shoe trees and those made by the maker of the last. Call them "fitted" shoe trees. Made to conform to the shape of the shoe better than a generic tree,...
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