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post #13636 of 19066

I have read lots of postings on here and tried lots of creams/ polishes /waxes. I am fast coming to the conclusion that - barring the application of stupid products - it doesn't matter too much what you use. The point is to care for your shoes, I guess. The KISS principle probably applies here: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Keep it simple and don't over do it or do it too often. Story of my life. 

post #13637 of 19066

@ Crat´s video shows it.  One small jar of wax enough for the rest of your live. Less is much More.

post #13638 of 19066
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Something went wrong.....Have you contacted the company?

I haven't yet. We will see if they are broken in at this point first!
post #13639 of 19066
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@ Crat´s video shows it.  One small jar of wax enough for the rest of your live. Less is much More.
I agree that it is a good video, but the shoes had a mirror shine on them when he started. I guess it's basically that same process just more of it. Depending on the smoothness of the base leather it could take quite a few applications of wax.
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Don't wear your nice shoes in bad weather. In bad weather wear crappy stuff. That's what I do.
Yeah, but your crappy shoes are C&J, LOL!
post #13641 of 19066
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I agree that it is a good video, but the shoes had a mirror shine on them when he started. I guess it's basically that same process just more of it. Depending on the smoothness of the base leather it could take quite a few applications of wax.

Check out the before and after of my boots in this thread.  My first attempt I used a LOT of wax and got negligible results.  After watching the vid I tried again using just a whisper of wax each layer and I was amazed at the results. 

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I haven't yet. We will see if they are broken in at this point first!

Did they cut across the joint of your big toe?

Some of your comments about show ware made me think of something, is there a chance you have particularly long strides? I think this might put considerably more stressing the shoe (particularly across the vamp?) because the "extreme" angle at which the shoe bends with every step. This also puts extra internal pressure on the toe box—across the vamp—because the internal volume decreases at "maximum flex".

This could lead to increased cracking vulnerability (again in theory across the vamp). Just as paper rips easier when you flex it repeatedly at extreme angles. I say this because I also walk quite a bit and those that do, tend to walk faster with longer strides. I used to have more damage across the vamp of the shoe (and my foot) before I started taking (marginally) shorter strides. It also decreases the amount of wear under/at the toe. It's just a thought. I used to get lacerations cross the top of my big toe from the pinching of the leather of the vamp at the aforementioned "point of maximum flex," before you bring your foot forward.

I could also just be way off.
post #13643 of 19066
I do have long strides, I think, but I don't see how that is relevant to a shoe not hurting until it came back from recraft where 70% of it was replaced.
post #13644 of 19066
pB,

I'd have to agree if a pair of shoes got tighter...or looser...after a recraft (or resole) something went wrong.

But that will always be the case when respect for the shoe, or the customer, or the processes that inform the shoe are compromised or put aside. Every mismatched set of vamps, every crooked seam, every leatherboard insole, every scuff or errant swipe of dye, etc., is a result of something going "wrong."

When techniques or materials are used, or chosen, which almost, and indifferently, guarantee a certain level of obsolescence, something has certainly gone wrong--usually the attitude of the people making those choices

But!! None of them are accidents.

StyleForum, and this thread in particular, is rife with things that have gone wrong...and more often than not before the shoe ever reached the customer.

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Edited by DWFII - 2/19/15 at 6:03pm
post #13645 of 19066
I really think it's just that the loosened shoe from wearing it was pulled over a last and a new insole was put on and the "give" has decreased because of it. Also, the new linings could be a culprit as well, might have made the shoe feel stiffer. They don't feel tighter, but they are hurting my one toe, so it could just be the new linings.
post #13646 of 19066
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I really think it's just that the loosened shoe from wearing it was pulled over a last and a new insole was put on and the "give" has decreased because of it. Also, the new linings could be a culprit as well, might have made the shoe feel stiffer. They don't feel tighter, but they are hurting my one toe, so it could just be the new linings.

If they put a new lining in, they could have...might well been forced to...put in a new toe stiffener as well. The new stiffener could be slightly longer in the forepart of the last (coming back further) or stiffer due to a different material or a less diligent job of blending it into the lines of the last--skiving, if it was leather. Also, if it is leather, perhaps a little too much paste was used or it was spread too far back. And the new linings might be heavier and stiffer as well...which, combined with too much paste or a new stiffener, might make the shoe reluctant to crease in the same place it creased before.
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I hear you, however the shoe is creasing in the same spot.
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I hear you, however the shoe is creasing in the same spot.



Something went wrong...I'm just glad I didn't do it.

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post #13649 of 19066
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I really think it's just that the loosened shoe from wearing it was pulled over a last and a new insole was put on and the "give" has decreased because of it. Also, the new linings could be a culprit as well, might have made the shoe feel stiffer. They don't feel tighter, but they are hurting my one toe, so it could just be the new linings.

Could be but shouldn't happen.
I'm curious though. Was the shoe made with a heel seat -or- 3/4 liner?
Then maybe they installed a full sock liner?
That little difference could effect the fit.
post #13650 of 19066
Not sure what that means, but the lining looks exactly the same as when it was new.
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