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Originally Posted by TheFluffer View Post
 

Thanks for the reply Traver. That was my worry as well. I guess there's no way one could reserve cracked leather- no matter how much conditioning there is. 

 

i've dropped Herringshoes an email to inform them of this. Not sure what would their response would be though. 

 

Would you accept a pair like this? the shoes are great, fits well but am considering a return actually. 

 

 

Herringshoes may be able to come up with a repair solution. 

Otherwise, you can try find a really reputable cobbler and see into having the whole vamp getting patched. @DWFII, please help us out in this section - it can get heavily sensitive.


Edited by traverscao - 1/7/15 at 7:41am
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Travers, I think that when Fluffer wrote: 'Would you accept a pair like this?, he meant 'if you went out to buy these shoes, would you accept them and take them home?'  I don't think he was offering you a pair of shoes.

post #12738 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Travers, I think that when Fluffer wrote: 'Would you accept a pair like this?, he meant 'if you went out to buy these shoes, would you accept them and take them home?'  I don't think he was offering you a pair of shoes.

Thanks for the correction there, Munky. I should have asked. 

post #12739 of 19038

So with the winter weather being unpredictable, what are the must have tools to keep in my desk in case I kick up some street salt or get the uppers wet?

post #12740 of 19038
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Originally Posted by JSlice26 View Post
 

So with the winter weather being unpredictable, what are the must have tools to keep in my desk in case I kick up some street salt or get the uppers wet?

Shoe brush and smooth rag. Other than that, patrickBOOTH can tell you more about cleaning with white vinegar.

post #12741 of 19038

Thanks, I will definitely grab a brush and cloth.

 

I'm not sure the vinegar would win me any favors in an open office environment though, lol

post #12742 of 19038

Oh well, save it for home then. 

 

A rag should be dampened before removing salts and impurities. Don't try to rub the rag dry on the surface. It won't remove much, and will leave a lot of lints behind.

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Yea, I look forward to hearing about it for home use.

 

Thanks for the info!

post #12744 of 19038
I would never accept new shoes like that and wouldn't be up for a repair either. To patch a vamp costs probably what you paid for them. I have heard people having good experiences with Herring Shoes so I think they will take care of you.

Saphir makes a salt removal product, I forget the name, but the issue with salt water is it is very alkaline so it makes the leather spew out the tanning agents and fatliquor. Using vinegar on salt stains helps lower the pH to acidic, which is where leather likes to be. After that conditioning with a product would be recommended because they leather starts to turn to rawhide at that point. You can see where salt stains can actually disfigure leather, this is what's happening. Best case for winter is wearing dedicated shoes, or boots that are earmarked for a beating.
post #12745 of 19038
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

so apparently my cobbler did a shit job adding my half sole. thoughts?

http://imgur.com/a/ygcGY
patrickBOOTH care to weigh in? Anyone else?

TG2q033.jpg
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Well, first of all I wouldn't get a half sole unless the shoe had a pegged waist so that is your first mistake. Second, I would never wear a topy, so that's strike 2. Also, I would never want that ugly rubber heel, strike 3. What else can be said? Just wear them and ignore the bottoms? If you don't like this kind of work either send them to B.Nelson, or back to the factory for resoling.
post #12747 of 19038

What are the best products to use on the inside leather lining of a shoe? How about on the leather sole?

post #12748 of 19038
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Well, first of all I wouldn't get a half sole unless the shoe had a pegged waist so that is your first mistake. Second, I would never wear a topy, so that's strike 2. Also, I would never want that ugly rubber heel, strike 3. What else can be said? Just wear them and ignore the bottoms? If you don't like this kind of work either send them to B.Nelson, or back to the factory for resoling.

ooof, lol.

well, i wanted a half sole b/c i want them to handle weather and they are work inspired, casual boots. the heel came from factory like that.

i was more commenting about the work.
post #12749 of 19038
I don't do anything to the sole, anything that makes leather softer, will wear faster with abrasion (you know, like walking on the ground). Linings could use some vinegar when the begin to smell ammonia-like (this is the leather's fibers being shifted alkaline after the sweat beings to ferment) then you can apply Lexol, or another non-wax, or solvent based conditioner.
post #12750 of 19038
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

ooof, lol.

well, i wanted a half sole b/c i want them to handle weather and they are work inspired, casual boots. the heel came from factory like that.

i was more commenting about the work.

It looks fine for what it is, but what do I know? "I'm a businessman, Jim, not a cobbler." In the future if you are picky, you can't be stingy. Sorry, pal.
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