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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.** - Page 679post #10171 of 185667/17/14 at 10:38ampost #10172 of 185667/17/14 at 10:40ampost #10173 of 185667/17/14 at 11:45ampost #10174 of 185667/17/14 at 7:46pmQuote:Originally Posted by Murlsquirl
Cross post from Carmina:
I did my research and read about the "Carmina squeak", but didn't find a solution. I have a few pairs, but only one right shoe makes a terrible squeak/creak when I walk. It is embarrassing. The issue is in the footbed and does not occur when I bend the shoes in my hand. With the shoes on, it starts immediately as my heel lifts from the ground. It also make the noise if I just rub my toes in the sole. It almost sounds like a damn duck quack. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Forgive me if I didn't use the correct terms when trying to describe where the sound is coming from.
I bought a pair of grensons last year which had the same problem. My guess was that the squeak came from the insole rubbing on the cork filler in the toe region, but I didnt bother to have them fixed and returned the pair.
if yours is beyond returnable condition you might try wearing them around the house (perhaps entertain your kid if you have children!) and wait for the footbed to settle and hope it goes away.post #10175 of 185667/17/14 at 7:49pmQuote:Originally Posted by Murlsquirl
Cross post from Carmina:
I did my research and read about the "Carmina squeak", but didn't find a solution. I have a few pairs, but only one right shoe makes a terrible squeak/creak when I walk. It is embarrassing. The issue is in the footbed and does not occur when I bend the shoes in my hand. With the shoes on, it starts immediately as my heel lifts from the ground. It also make the noise if I just rub my toes in the sole. It almost sounds like a damn duck quack. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Forgive me if I didn't use the correct terms when trying to describe where the sound is coming from.Quote:
I had the same problem with a pair of G&Gs and read what happed to @patrickBOOTHso I had them resoled and then sold them. I know some pairs give a slight discreet noise , but I find that loud creak unacceptable. I would try to contact Carmina?post #10176 of 185667/17/14 at 8:20pmCreaking is generally from leather rubbing against leather but it could be leather rubbing against cork esp. if hot melt cork filler is used.
But you have so many places that leather can rub against itself if cements are applied so parsimoniously that they cannot form a sold bond.
Often in factory work especially, the heel block is supplied as a unit with each layer "bonded" the the previous one with pastes, which can breakdown when exposed to a lot of moisture. And to add to that problem, often times the heel block itself is simply nailed to the heel seat with little or no paste or cement. That right there is a surefire recipe for creaks.
Sometimes a paucity of paste in between the heel stiffener and the lining or the stiffener and the counter can be a source of creaking. And in most of these cases, re-soling never touches the problem.
The upshot is that creaks can come from near 'bout anywhere in the shoe but it is no accident that some makers never have problems with creaking and others seem to get a reputation for it.
If it's any consolation, there was a time when creaking shoes were considered high status simply because it indicated new shoes.post #10177 of 185667/17/14 at 9:57pmpost #10178 of 185667/18/14 at 10:08amQuote:Dardano's on Colorado. They have been in business since 1938, doing shoe repair. It's a family owned and operated business.Originally Posted by aglose
Does anyone know a competent cobbler in Denver? I have a pair of carmina loafers that came with a broken string (string loafers) it's more of a decorative piece anyways, so I asked Betty if she could send me a replacement string and she agreed she would. I just need the string affixed to the shoe where the old one was and the old one removed. I would prefer someone in Denver, but new York is also an option.
Disclaimer: I work there as a shoe shine. The review is based on work I have had done there, as well as what I see go out the door, not on my position as an employee.post #10179 of 185667/18/14 at 10:34ampost #10180 of 185667/18/14 at 10:46ampost #10181 of 185667/18/14 at 10:50ampost #10182 of 185667/20/14 at 7:36ampost #10183 of 185667/20/14 at 7:45ampost #10184 of 185667/20/14 at 7:59am
Just back from a few days in Singapore, with just one pair of shoes. I did a lot of walking, a lot of sitting and it was both hot and wet. I took a pair of shoe trees with me and they have survived very well! A few scuffs but nothing that I imagine won't come out with a good brushing or, perhaps, a bit of a clean. I will give them a 'rest' first.post #10185 of 185667/20/14 at 8:05amQuote:
No magic in a deer bone. A spoon would work as well. But if you're determined to use a bone, here's what you do:
Go down to you local butcher. Ask for a beef leg bone..."for your dog".... Hang it is the sun for a couple of days--the yellow jackets will strip the meat.
Saw it lengthwise. Don't try to break it--it will spiral fracture. Scrape, file, and sand it ( I run up to 5000 grit Abralon) to shape and smoothness. Polish with white tripoli or even Bon Ami.
Better than any deer bone.
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