All I did was use Leather Lotion. Worked great for me.
Happy Saturday all!
My foray into the seconds world, and like a lot of people I have questions regarding possible fixes for the "problems" with the shoes.
Bought a pair of Brooks Fifth Avenues from this past week's Second's sale on Brooks.
The "problem" seems to be that the toe on one of the shoes has been dented flat (not sure if during or post-manufacturing process) and is no longer perfectly rounded (see pic). I think I will be keeping the shoes because it's not a huge noticeable problem, but does anyone have any tips on how to fix it. A shoe-tree doesn't really reach all the way up there and paper is too compressible. I've tried my best to stick my hand in there and push it up to not much avail. Also if anyone has had problems like this, would a cobbler have a solution for this?
Thank you everyone.
For what it's worth, I wouldn't call that a pronounced V. They look perfectly fine to me. Are they more comfortable if you don' t lace them as tightly? They look like they are cinched down as tight as you can tie them base on the bunching of the leather. If you are doing that to minimize the gap, I'd try not worrying about it as much. Then again, it's hard to tell these things from photos, so I may be wrong.
You will see a perfect closure on some people, but it's the exception to the rule in RTW shoes, particularly American made ones. English shoes tend to accommodate a higher instep, stereotypically speaking. Really, in a RTW shoe, the chances really should be relatively slim of achieving a perfect fit. Bespoke is a different story. In RTW shoes, experts generally allow for up to a quarter inch gap for an "ideal" appearance and fit. However, there is generally some room for leeway. If your gap were more eye catching, I'd say trying a wider shoe may be worth it, but I'd venture to say that nobody would have said yours looked bad if you hadn't asked.
Deer bone, brushing and Saphir cordovan creme. I've gotten worse than that out before.