Hello Gents, hoping I can get some help here. I picked these up and they are great except for the cap. One boot you can see the grain, the other looks almost smooth. I have tried removing wax, so it looks like a lasting issue. Possible ideas to smooth out other boot since I cannot recreate the grain??
When you say you "picked these up," it makes me think you were thrifting when you bought them. They definitely fit into the category of seconds. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
It looks like...if nothing else...that the vamps were cut from two different and non-matching sections of the hide. At worst, from two different hides.
Since shoes like this are undoubtedly machine lasted, and since the machines have a limited stroke, both vamps were pulled almost precisely the same amount. Yet lasting the toe on the one pulled the texture completely out where it did not on the other.
What does that tell us? It tells us that the vamp on the right shoe is cut from far better quality leather than the vamp on the left. The vamp on the left may even come from belly.
But there's another problem--from the photo above it looks like the shoes are two different colours. Some of that may be simply from the flattening of the leather but it also could be that the vamps came from two different hides from two different dye lots. Manufacturers often click the pieces for a whole run of shoes before they ever start putting them together (and they cut for maximum yield not maximum quality). So a two foot stack of clicked vamps may not necessarily be paired correctly.
I don't know of anything you can do to remedy this problem without making it worse--abrading the leather and/or creating unsightly pipes and wrinkles of excess leather. Since I'm the only one answering, there may not be a solution. But seek a second opinion...or return them if you can.
Don't shoot the messenger.
--edited for spelling and punctuation
Edited by DWFII - 2/18/15 at 7:00am