I can show the progress thus far, but will ask him to let me do that on the next pair since he has already put a good 30 hours into these, although he is not close to being done, according to him. Take away the weird flash angles, lighting, etc., and I am fine with them already, but that is me, not him.
Very nice job. Your Dad's got to have arms of IRON! I can imagine him applying layer after layer after layer... of polish on them.
Actually, it involves many different types of sandpaper, some special leather repair material that he has modified/invented just to use on his shoes, then more sanding. He also uses some colored cream to treat the leather and re-dye it at the same time. He is not ready for polishing yet. He won't do that until he gets the leather so smooth that it is impossible to tell it was ever damaged. Then, and only then, will he put on his layers and layers of polish. And no "arms of iron," but an astounding amount of patience.
I received the strap today, and am disappointed in the quality. I plan to send it back, however if someone wants to buy it before I send it back let me know ASAP. You can have it for $60 delivered, NWT, which covers my costs and postage to you.
FYI, it is marked real alligator, is 19mm (not 21mm), and buckle is stainless (not sterling). And it comes with a $300 price tag attached.
Just got mine and am disappointed as well. Shocked that they can advertise it as Sterling (which it still is) as it is clearly stamped 'Stainless Steel.' Plan on returning it to their B&M.
Those interiors are DRY! The leather trim around the Croc skin has all disintegrated as well. The skins look to have survived quite well, but if the interior leather has totally dried out, they are going to be a real challenge to wear safely. Remember, the Croc skin is mounted on a leather liner. If the liner has started to fall apart...
I can understand the excitement over these shoes, as I was quite interested as well. For that price, however...