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Ferragamo restoration

post #1 of 18
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Attached are photos of a pair of 4-year-old Salvatore Ferragamo loafers I had restored at my local shoe repair shop in Indianapolis.  The repairman replaced the heel, the sole, and gave them a shine for under US$50.  These were my wedding shoes.  Though I have discontinued my allegiance to Ferragamo (since being exposed to this forum), I am attempting to extend the life of the pairs that remain in my closet, if only to give my more well-made shoes a break from time to time. Had to use the light over the kitchen sink to get these pics right.  Pardon the dishes.
post #2 of 18
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[...] my local shoe repair shop in Indianapolis.
Everybody wondered why John April was such a strange man. Now we now.
post #3 of 18
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The shop is tucked behind another place tucked behind another place. Make a wrong turn = end up at Steak 'n Shake.
post #4 of 18
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Attached are photos of a pair of 4-year-old Salvatore Ferragamo loafers I had restored at my local shoe repair shop in Indianapolis. The repairman replaced the heel, the sole, and gave them a shine for under US$50. These were my wedding shoes. Though I have discontinued my allegiance to Ferragamo (since being exposed to this forum), I am attempting to extend the life of the pairs that remain in my closet, if only to give my more well-made shoes a break from time to time. Had to use the light over the kitchen sink to get these pics right. Pardon the dishes.
Pretty, IMHO, even if they are not quite my cup of tea. Shiny, and there's nothing like pristine soles. Those trees are certainly loaded for bear.
post #5 of 18
Looking at the work, it's pretty good, but for future reference, pay $95CDN and send them to my shop in Ottawa if you'd rather get back something spectacular. One of these days I'll post a before-and-after picture set.
post #6 of 18
I have a similar pair of Ferragamo loafers that I also no longer wear often since they pale in comparison to shoes I've acquired since. The soles on my Ferragamos wore out relatively quickly and the resoling job significantly changed the feel of the shoe. I've had much better luck with resoling of welted shoes, so perhaps there's a reason why that method of construction is considered superior. It's a shame as the uppers on my Ferragamos are relatively nice. dan
post #7 of 18
John. I don't know if you see it the same way but its amazing that you've went from this shoe, which is somewhat ugly imho, to those Corthays and JL's, both of which are to die over. The impact of this forum is measurable in so many ways..
post #8 of 18
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John. I don't know if you see it the same way but its amazing that you've went from this shoe, which is somewhat ugly imho, to those Corthays and JL's, both of which are to die over. The impact of this forum is measurable in so many ways..
The forum has had the same effect on me, as I currently have 6 pair of Ferragamos listed on eBay for sale. Will possibly list two to three more pair in the next couple of days. Making room in my closet for better shoes.
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John. I don't know if you see it the same way but its amazing that you've went from this shoe, which is somewhat ugly imho, to those Corthays and JL's, both of which are to die over. The impact of this forum is measurable in so many ways..
Maybe I should put them up for sale on ebay before wearing them again.
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(whnay. @ June 24 2005,10:33) John. I don't know if you see it the same way but its amazing that you've went from this shoe, which is somewhat ugly imho, to those Corthays and JL's, both of which are to die over. The impact of this forum is measurable in so many ways..
Maybe I should put them up for sale on ebay before wearing them again.
Not a bad idea.
post #11 of 18
With few exceptions, the market for used shoes on ebay is pretty dismal. I got barely $50 for a pair of Bruno Maglis from their top line that I had worn only once and were in pristine condition. I got significantly more for a pair of new made-in-Argentina Ballys that were a far inferior shoe in every regard. If you have several pair to put on ebay it might be worthwhile, otherwise it's kind of a pain to go to all the trouble of listing it for very little return. dan
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With few exceptions, the market for used shoes on ebay is pretty dismal.  I got barely $50 for a pair of Bruno Maglis from their top line that I had worn only once and were in pristine condition.  I got significantly more for a pair of new made-in-Argentina Ballys that were a far inferior shoe in every regard.  If you have several pair to put on ebay it might be worthwhile, otherwise it's kind of a pain to go to all the trouble of listing it for very little return. dan
I currently have 11 bids with a high of $67 on a pair of Ferragamo Tickets.  Its a bit loafer with a huge, ugly square too.  I haven't worn them in 1.5 to 2 years.  I paid $300 for them in 2000/2001 (i know, I'm an idiot) and they just sit in my closet.  So I'll be more than happy with $75.
post #13 of 18
I got $89 for a pair of Bruno Magli (standard line Tito model) that I had worn twice. I was thrilled -- and a bit shocked.
post #14 of 18
True, every little bit helps.  That's 10% of the way towards a pair of EG or Vass shoes.  And getting at least something for my shoes made me feel less bad about having made those questionable purchases in the first place.  
post #15 of 18
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I think I'll keep them. Shoes like this are good for inclement weather and giving the Lobbs, Corthays, and Vasses of the world a break. As if they need one.
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