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I'll bet we can find your MBC™ on the list of those who found your announcement helpful.
The closure are 'Sam Browne Studs', quite popular in leather goods, but relatively rare in footwear.Nevertheless, I just collected the other week a pair of strapped boots and I decided to use Sam Browne studs as strap closure.What I find irritating is the blurring between the markings of ready-to-wear and bespoke shoes.The script 'John Lobb' (presumably the signature of the historic JL) is used lengthwise in JL Paris bespoke shoes and cross-wise, together with the...
Alternatively, invest in a 'Russian Wedding Ring', three intertwined bands in yellow-, white- and pink gold.
I personally have no experience with dying/patina on leathers. Some people have had very good experiences using the Saphir range of leather dyes. Over the weekend, I saw my shoemaker who has only recently started experimenting with the stuff and has come up with quite impressive results. So impressive, that I'm about to invest in a few bottles, and will be playing with it as well. As far as I know, the 'burnishing calf' is a crust while the 'aniline calf' is a fully...
.....the name of the American President elect might be Donald Trump.
The welting stitches are fanned-out to cope with the tight radius around the toe. The stitches around the toe have the same length as the other stitches (about 1/4") but on the inside they are much closer together due to the curvature. There is a danger that pulling the stitches tight could make them rip through the leather.Hence the reinforcement by either meandering a piece of thread between the stitches or placing an additional knot onto each stitch on the inside around...
I've used the wrong term: correct it is 'steel wool' or 'wire wool'.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_woolIn a fine grade it is far less abrasive than any semi-liquid polish which will incorporate some abrasive agent (usually ground minerals).
Cover the suede near the buckles with masking tape for protection and polish the buckles with fine steel wire.
It's an electric "iron" and it's main purpose is to smooth-out the upper leather while the shoes are still on the last.In the shoes shown, there is (presumably) another purpose. The warmth will help to open the pores and drive the staining deeper into the leather.
It is not only the last, but also the construction of the shoe that determines the width of the heel. If you make a shoe where the welt runs all around the heel (maybe even with 'Goiser' or 'Norwegian' welt) the heel will be wider than on an elegant narrowly cut heel. So it makes sense to include the width of the heel into your formula (whatever that might be). Otherwise the delicate heel of an opera pumps and the chunky heel of a heavy mountaineering boot would have the...
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