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Fritzl,Don't know how I ever could have been so mistaken as to find you habitually negative. My mistake.Philo,I think Edward Green did a first rate restoration job on these. They look beautiful. Wear them with pleasure.
Yes, it's not a particularly good color to start with. Direct sunlight will fade them, but not necessarily get rid of their orangeness.
Take a look at these ancient Cleverley's, link below. They were clearly cherished. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/george-cleverley-shoes-040611
^ I personally do not think they look terrible. They have loads of character and with some care would look even better. It is just, as I said, that I think what you are asking for in terms of renewal can't be achieved. And yes, no guarantee they won't fall to bits.
It's not a matter of the cost, or of hand sewing. The structure of the shoe is such that the insole is the one part that CANNOT be replaced. Perhaps Cleverley would be willing to completely deconstruct and try to apply the uppers to what would amount to a new shoe. Given the cracking of the uppers, and the unpredictable condition of the invisible portion that would need to be sewn to the welt, and being unsure of whether such aged uppers could withstand the torsion of...
Recrafting would not change the footbed. That part of the shoe is here to stay, or so I have always been told, and is a perfect 3-D impression of the original owner's foot. It will never match your own if it does not match it now.
The early EG-made Peals from the 70s will have a stamped production number. The stamped sizing and model numbers followed the original Peal marking pattern. That yours have a hand-written 5-digit production number above the word 'London' indicates early-mid 80s. After that, Peals were made by C&J and are now also made by Alfred Sargent. The EG Peals are great shoes and a real find, and yours have the original soles.
Yes, they were made by Edward Green. And the 1102 is the size - 11 B or C width.
Can you tell me how you are dating the Bostonian alligators? Is the lining half leather, half cloth? Can you tell me the inner numerical markings? I have a pair of unworn Bostonians in shell that I think are probably around the same age. Be interested in comparing the numbers.
By the way... in Nate's link, above, there is some discussion about the color of those old shells. That clear, transparent, warm red-brown is what #8 used to look like. It is not from sun-fading, which produces a very different effect. The color we call #8 today is a different thing from what it was twenty or thirty years ago. Even ten, in some cases. I have a pair of Aldens still in the box, purchased in the late 90s. Their color is not the dark purple, almost black of...
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