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That's some major alteration work! I've had Joy do a few smaller things, but haven't known whether to trust more substantial work to her--not because of any complaints about her work, but more because of her age and relative inexperience. I think it's impressive that she could take on de-pleating a pair of trousers. From the pictures, it looks as though she narrowed the shoulders somewhat, although it's hard to be absolutely sure about that as there is no 'after'...
Let me just add a little more to my take on this issue. I don't think that care of shoe linings is necessary or desirable every time we polish our shoes. However--as I now consider this more--once in a while still seems like a good idea--maybe once a year. By treating the lining leather with a conditioner, you are not introducing the kind of moisture that is problematic--water and perspiration. In other words, not all moisture is bad. If leather conditioner had the...
I've thought of doing that and think that it's an excellent idea. After all, the lining is exposed to wear too, and to the potentially-degrading effects of perspiration. I guess we don't do this much because we don't want to get conditioner on our socks, but I think that if you really rubbed it in and then removed all the excess carefully, by the time you wore the shoes again, very little, if any, residue would end up on the socks. I think I'll start doing this too. ...
Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyCrockett The shoes started out not badly scuffed at all, barely in need of a shine (it's shell, so it always looks pretty good). The woman helping me went to town on them. First a heavy-handed horsehair brushing, then toothbrush and water around the welt, then THREE separate complete coats of Lincoln wax (the last 2 with a spritz of water in the can first). My shoes are sparkling now. I can actually see my reflection in...
Yes, very nice, bengal-stripe. I might add one or two more observations. I tend to see plain cap-toes as essentially business shoes and don't wear them for more formal occasions, wearing instead a completely plain-toe balmoral. As we to down in formality to the semi-brogue (square cap with brogued medallion) and then to full brogue (wingtip) balmorals, my sense is that these are still fine with suits, and perhaps superior to the more formal balmorals with tweed and...
Quote: Originally Posted by Imakeyourshoes I think he meant the stitching around the toe instead of the welt, when the guy at work fits the sunken taps on our shoes he cuts into the channel and slices it off with a knife across the toe, as opposed to that french site showing it being scoured, which would take the stitches out for sure on welted, but when he does it at our place you can still see the stitches keeping it all together before he attaches the...
Quote: Originally Posted by voxsartoria The one issue with flush plates being retrofitted, rather than made with that in mind, is that the welt would have to be cut around the toe. Seems like a plus minus type of thing: you put the plate on to save the toe, but then you lose the welting to rely just on glue. I don't really see this. Surely the metal toe plates wouldn't be so thick as to require cutting up into the welt. My visualization of...
In response to the hearty endorsement of Lexol in several posts above, I'd warn about its tendency to darken the leather. In fact, Lexol themselves warn of this, and many of us have had this occur with this conditioner. Fine, of course, with black shoes, but less than optimal with other colors. For this reason, I've gone to other conditioners for the first stage of my shoe-polishing regimen. The Allen-Edmonds conditioner seems fine (and I'm sure there are many others...
Quote: Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL Never said they were better.... True. I just inferred that from the price differential.
Quote: Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL Price is high, but these belts should last you a lifetime. When was the last time you saw a whiskey/natural shell belt from Horween? Tom, those certainly are lovely belts. Just one question: What is it about the #8 one that makes it superior to Alden's regular #8 shell cordovan belt? Is the buckle better? The fact that they're stitched on top, rather than underneath as on the usual Alden belts? These...
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