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post #4276 of 4874
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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post
 

Since most of you people like the "pretty boots & shoes " it may be of interest to you to know how to keep the brushes used on them pretty too....

 

Here are the ones made from Yak hair, made in Germany, 25-28 years old, a little pricey, they like to be on their own. :fonz:

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They are made from very dense clusters of Tibetian yak hair. The ones with handles are Redecker , the one on top was made in USA by shoe company that is now closed. All German made or German decent company owners that only deal/dealt in the very best in the world. (Some Japanese manufactures custom hand make the Yak hair brushes now, also. They always were good at coping stuff.)

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the brushes for lighter colored leather, USA made from horsehair in the late 30s-mid 50s. I like 3-4 particular out of business manufactures.

 

They don't like mixing with the darker colored brushes or the polish will rub off on them:D,  all at least 50 years old. Notice very dense clusters of longer horse hair on the larger and close cropped on the "travel" brushes.

 

 

Here are the same USA made/manufactured brushes with darker horse hair from the same 3-4 makers. All from late 30-mid 50s.

 

These brushes are for darker color shoes & boots.

 

Real dark then lighter for cordovan and then my 2 cleaning brushes on the top right.

 

All the cleaning brushes are German Redeckers hand tied in hair, made from very hard dense horsehair.

 

 

Finally here is the power wheel, I it use to buff to extremely high sheen. 3 inch long horse hair made in USA on a Baldor 1750rpm trimmed to 400rpm.

 

 

 

All my stuff is serviced/cleaned about once a year . I use Spray Nine that dissolves the polishes and residue, spray it on and scrub the brushes with a hand brush, shake them out, and then brush the hair to restore the shape and alignment. Let Air dry or place on shoe rack in dryer on low air only.

 

But really, I don't know much about maintaining shoes boots I got all these pics from the internet.:spew:.

 

 

The process leaves the brush hair like is came out of the womb. Then you can keep your pretty boots and shoes pretty.....too.

:eek::eek::worship2::worship2::worship: :worship: I'm speechless.:crazy: 

post #4277 of 4874
Dude, that's a heck of a lot of brushes.
post #4278 of 4874
So @LouieBailie

There is no doubt that you have a crazy amount of boot knowledge and that I could ask you boot questions for hours waiting for a pretentious response, but please answer me this in all seriousness.

Is that a stone pig I see in the pictures and what is the story there?

I'm dying to know, thanks.
post #4279 of 4874
Louie, can you up pictures of your shoe trees? Now that is a collection I gotta see!
post #4280 of 4874
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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post
 

1940s Whites USA contract boots on the left

More info/pics please Louie? :D

post #4281 of 4874
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Originally Posted by Tuma View Post

No more than one can google. I am about to buy Whites oxfords too. Baker's offers this Bakers oxford http://www.bakershoe.com/Product/Detail/bakers-oxford/ Does anyone know who makes it?
I believe there are a couple of different makers for the baker's oxford. Mine i am fairly certain came from Nick's due to the leathers and 18 week lead time. they are great though. really great quality and fit as well as my whites. if not for the lead time I may have already ordered another pair to rotate. The bakers oxfords are my primary work shoes.
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"Is that a stone pig I see in the pictures and what is the story there?"

 

Wanted to get my sweetie something to remember her sister.

 

"Louie, can you up pictures of your shoe trees? Now that is a collection I gotta see!"

 

No porn videos are allowed on this website, it makes your keyboards too sticky.

 

As for the WWII boots, they are polished and in hibernation currently, waiting for use at WWII Memorial in DC


Edited by LouieBailie - 7/14/14 at 8:41pm
post #4283 of 4874
do I need shoe tree for night time if I wear them 5 days a week/ 8hrs a day?
post #4284 of 4874
I would say that if you are wearing the same boots day in and day out you especially need trees.
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If one really wants to learn how to treat leather, they do their Masters' Degree dissertation on the subject. REAL HARD CORE....

 

https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/32480/1/gupea_2077_32480_1.pdf

 

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I've read all but about 10 pages of this thread and will soon send my tracings/measurements off to Baker's for sizing recommendations, but I wanted to ask before I get too pumped up about a new pair of SDs. I've got moderately high arches and what seems to be a very high instep. Are SDs going to work for me?

Some shoes that I have worn to illustrate my issues. I have not been measured on a Brannock.

Running shoes: generally an 11, sometimes a 10.5
RW Beckman chukkas - Went with an 11D because a 10.5D was too snug in the instep. Got rid of them because they were too big.
AE shoes on the 5 last - I wear an 8.5 or 9 EEE and the quarters still don't close enough to be "proper" but it's not awful. Heel is a bit loose.
C&J boots on the 325 last - I own a 10D that is about a half size long but fits in the instep after some stretching
Clarks DBs - Don't work for me due to the instep, but Wallabees are fine (size 9)
Pumas and Onitsuka Tigers - Almost universally too tight/narrow through the instep

I'm not asking for my SD size as I know the guys at White's/Baker's will be best equipped to tell me, just wondering if the SDs will work or if I should look elsewhere. TIA!
post #4287 of 4874
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Originally Posted by jimanchower View Post

I've read all but about 10 pages of this thread and will soon send my tracings/measurements off to Baker's for sizing recommendations, but I wanted to ask before I get too pumped up about a new pair of SDs. I've got moderately high arches and what seems to be a very high instep. Are SDs going to work for me?

Some shoes that I have worn to illustrate my issues. I have not been measured on a Brannock.

Running shoes: generally an 11, sometimes a 10.5
RW Beckman chukkas - Went with an 11D because a 10.5D was too snug in the instep. Got rid of them because they were too big.
AE shoes on the 5 last - I wear an 8.5 or 9 EEE and the quarters still don't close enough to be "proper" but it's not awful. Heel is a bit loose.
C&J boots on the 325 last - I own a 10D that is about a half size long but fits in the instep after some stretching
Clarks DBs - Don't work for me due to the instep, but Wallabees are fine (size 9)
Pumas and Onitsuka Tigers - Almost universally too tight/narrow through the instep

I'm not asking for my SD size as I know the guys at White's/Baker's will be best equipped to tell me, just wondering if the SDs will work or if I should look elsewhere. TIA!


Go to a facility that has a Braddock device, have your feet measured, order that size(s) from Whites, in the boot you need/want.

 

All Whites' boots have high arch support.

post #4288 of 4874
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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post


Go to a facility that has a Braddock device, have your feet measured, order that size(s) from Whites, in the boot you need/want.

All Whites' boots have high arch support.
I'm not worried about the arch so much as I am the instep. I can wear shoes with minimal arch support. My problem has always been instep height. There have been a few references throughout this thread to the SDs being snug across the instep. I'm not sure how the Brannock can account for that. I'll measure according to this and see what Baker's has to say.

I tried a Birkenstock London and had to send them back because the strap across the instep wouldn't come close to fitting. It didn't have anything to do with length or width of my foot. I'm curious if White's SDs are viable for a high instep.
post #4289 of 4874
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Originally Posted by jimanchower View Post

. I'll measure according to this and see what Baker's has to say..

The measurements you send in include the instep, so I think your boot fitting will be taken care of no problem.

post #4290 of 4874
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Originally Posted by jimanchower View Post


I'm not worried about the arch so much as I am the instep. I can wear shoes with minimal arch support. My problem has always been instep height. There have been a few references throughout this thread to the SDs being snug across the instep. I'm not sure how the Brannock can account for that. I'll measure according to this and see what Baker's has to say.

I tried a Birkenstock London and had to send them back because the strap across the instep wouldn't come close to fitting. It didn't have anything to do with length or width of my foot. I'm curious if White's SDs are viable for a high instep.

My experience with White's has been that the Brannock measurement is quite useless as I had to size down a full size for my SDs and BHs. You might have also noticed that a lot of others sized down half to one full size in their boots.

 

Your best bet is to get your tracings sent to White's or Baker's and have them give you a size. That way the fit is guaranteed. Also from what I have read, the Smoke Jumper last (4811) has the highest arch followed by the SD (55) last. 

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