Originally Posted by kronik
How will you perform upkeep on that polish job?
No idea, any suggestions?
Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Do you have any pictures of the shoes after you applied the rubbing alcohol?
No, unfortunately I didn't take any pictures at that stage. Basically, the crappy brown color came off and a slightly lighter brown was left underneath, which turned out to be a lot nicer after polishing and waxing.
Originally Posted by jml90
What shoes did you use as a model?
This Borgioli from Francos:
Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
Great polish job. How much was the mtm service?
I didn't get their top quality leather because I didn't feel like shelling out that much money for a first try self-measuring. I think these cost about $300 or so IIRC.
Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged
Don't baking in the sun and freezing damage the leather and make it less durable?
The baking is probably not a good thing for the leather, but I don't think the freezing has any negative effects on the leather. I got the freezing idea from A Harris' guide to antiquing shoes. I probably wouldn't use the same procedure with a more "important" (for lack of a better word) pair of shoes. I plan on wearing these casually with jeans or cotton trousers, so I don't mind if they have a slightly more worn in look on the leather. As far as I can see though, there is no visible damage to the leather from the baking or freezing.