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post #16 of 25
Yeah, probably the most basic one: go to a thrift store and buy a $5 pair of crappy leather shoes and tear those apart experimenting before you touch anything you intend to eventually wear.
post #17 of 25
i just picked up a pair of cheap light brown suede boots on sale. they are already distressed on the toe and heel area... and it looks a bit unnatural to me. Can I distress them more (especially the area behind the toe) so they might look more natural?
and how in that case?
post #18 of 25
I took a pair of shoes, used acetone, bleach and sandpaper on them and went to down. After putting shoe cream back on and wax polish, they looked practically brand new again. Carpe diem, CCP, varvatos, paul smith, etc. have some really awesome methods of creating unique shoe finishes, and it seems you just can't recreate these at home... at least not easily. but you should give it a try.
post #19 of 25
so do you recommend ignoring the shoe cream/waxing at the end? i got these shoes for cheap so i dont mind if they dont last me forever...
post #20 of 25
I had these Dr. Marten's boots (don't laugh! this was high school) that I bought specifically to distress. They are deadstock from many a year back, and I thought their age/status as closet dwellers would have dried them out.

Well, my mistake. Apparently, I purchased a pair made from literally the finest/toughest leather ever made. I guess from the period before they became popular enough to be mass-produced. I never polished them once, and they stayed pristine throughout 6 years of off-on trying to scuff/distress the burgundy-esque brown leather (which is actually probably my favorite leather to date, even considering my newfound fashion intelligence).

To make a long story short, I always wore them traveling because leather boots w/ rubber soles travel much better than tennis shoes. I wore them to Guatemala, and intentionally climbed Volcan Pacaya with them on. During the climb, near the height where I had to turn around for heat stroke's sake, they finally began to distress. The volcanic rock cut into the leather and the heat distressed both the leather and the rubber soles.

I realize that Dr. Marten's are a crime, but these boots look fabulous (IMO) and I get plenty of compliments when I wear them w/ jeans.

Just a thought!!! Though I wouldn't do that to your J&M's!!!
post #21 of 25
i think polished shoes and dark jeans look just fine...
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by mundie_3 View Post
I realize that Dr. Marten's are a crime, but these boots look fabulous (IMO) and I get plenty of compliments when I wear them w/ jeans.


Not to hijack, but why would you say that?

If you want to distress shoes/boots, just ride a motorcycle a few thousand miles. The wind/dirt blast and controls of the bike will give you a nice patina in no time.
post #23 of 25
good tips...but i cant travel to guatemala or find a motorcycle anytime soon lol...anything a bit more "at home" possible? thanks!
post #24 of 25
I have looked into distressing shoes in the past and I feel the best thing to do is to just wear them and not pay any attention to them and get natural wear. Sure it is going to take time, but a truely authentic pair of shoes looks as good as a truely authentic pair of jeans. I reccomend putting taps on the heels and the toes to preserve the soles as long as possible and applying mink oil to them to water proof the sole, especially if they are leather. Just leave the uppers alone and walk away. Over the next few years you will look down and be amazed.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
I have looked into distressing shoes in the past and I feel the best thing to do is to just wear them and not pay any attention to them and get natural wear. Sure it is going to take time, but a truely authentic pair of shoes looks as good as a truely authentic pair of jeans. I reccomend putting taps on the heels and the toes to preserve the soles as long as possible and applying mink oil to them to water proof the sole, especially if they are leather. Just leave the uppers alone and walk away. Over the next few years you will look down and be amazed.

The problem with that is that you have to wear the same shoes many times, if not every day. For some of us, that would be a foolish decision on an economic basis.
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