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We wrote about two different things. First, the rubber heels on AE are improved.Then the finish...If you didn't like the finish and the two shoes were not alike why did you buy them?About the finish....This is exactly why I refuse requests to do antiquing/burnishing of the uppers. It's all subjective. After spending hours on a job that we think looks really good, the customer had a different idea of the result even after he told us what he expected. There a few guys out...
How new?
It's internal stuff. No big mystery but I know they worked on it.
I believe AE is now using an improved rubber top. It also holds better to the base.
Yup....lot's of machines were retro-fitted from hot wax to liquid. I like the hot wax better than thread lube. Even the smell of it which I haven't gotten a whiff of in many, many years. I miss that too. It was worth the maintenance. Nearly every shop has people capable of doing typical repairs and make-shifting parts but I insisted on annual maintenance by a mechanic and we kept it up during the year. When something more complicated like rollers failing we needed a...
30+ years ago my Father bought a defunct shoe factory at auction. Included were boxes and boxes of old lasts. Several dozen. At the time they were of no use. He was just interested in the equipment/machinery. So He burned the lasts in our downstairs fireplace. Now look at people spend for them: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC2.A0.H0.Xwooden+shoe+lasts&_nkw=wooden+shoe+lasts&_sacat=0 Who would have thunk? I had 3 USM outsole...
For this coming spring summer we have a new pattern for our Hand Grade collection in Beaumont, a new pattern for our Main Line collection in Cobham and an offering of colour-way options from existing styles in Harvard and Hartland. Ebury is our stand out style for this season, and although unit sales will not be high, it is hard not to enjoy our first ever double monk spectator. Please find attached our SS15 New Styles release: IMG...
My comments in post #13148 pretty much sum my experience and as a result my opinion on the topic.As I mentioned earlier it's basically a "low and slow" process. If you wind up with creases you didn't ease the leather, you forced it.For the DIYer's if you are going to a wedding lets say tomorrow and want to blast the shoe because you're afraid they will be killers by the end of the night rest assured you will wind up with creases at the very least maybe worse damage.Of...
People have been successfully stretching shoes long before DW's career began and will continue doing so long after mine ends.But I agree obviously proper fit is more important. It's not unusual to have "hot spots" in even a properly fitted RTW shoe. The first question I ask a customer is can you tolerate the feel? I usually get a response something like "yes but by the end of the day they hurt". If that's the case I tell the customer instead of stretching them wear them...
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