Unless you are a master woodworker, there's no way you "eyeballed" 3/10th of an inch. True masters I've seen use 1/4" or 1/2" as their benchmarks.The shoes are fine, keep them, wear them for 25 years, and report back.
So, I'm a High School Teacher and was invited to the annual Senior Culinary Program Banquet at my district's BOCES in May.
The student wants us to match in all white; I'd like to oblige.
The white I have:
*button downs (various)
I'd like to have the community play with possibilities to get me to Tom Wolfe's look, albeit inexpensively -- say, $200 (I live in upstate NY, so all white is not going to be my look for more than 350 days a year).
corn starch on top immediately. Let sit for a couple days and hope for the best. Otherwise, it may be time to "dub" them. They are boots. But if you use them for dress purposes, that may be a moot point.