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The only shoe repair store in town closed when the owner passed away. I'm thinking about ordering a sole protector and installing it myself. (I used to do a lot of leatherwork in my younger days, so I think I can do it, even though I've never done this in particular.)
Has anyone here done this them self?
How did it go? Suggestions?
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Cross post from the Toronto thread.  Local SFer @jokb is starting up a shoe shine / shoe care / accessory biz and I dropped off a few pairs for him to work on:

 

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Okay, so I picked up my shoes from Jok.

 

This is a before pic when brand new of the EGs (for Foster and Son).  They were a bit underwhelming out of the box, frankly - as others have observed, EG's burgundy can sometimes be a bit pale, pinkish, flat and lifeless.  These were all of those things:

 

 

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I had improved upon them somewhat with my own efforts.

 

But now they are MUCH improved: Hosting provided by FotoTime 

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They sure are, nice work fellas icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Cross post from the Toronto thread.  Local SFer @jokb
 is starting up a shoe shine / shoe care / accessory biz and I dropped off a few pairs for him to work on:

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Okay, so I picked up my shoes from Jok.

This is a before pic when brand new of the EGs (for Foster and Son).  They were a bit underwhelming out of the box, frankly - as others have observed, EG's burgundy can sometimes be a bit pale, pinkish, flat and lifeless.  These were all of those things:

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I had improved upon them somewhat with my own efforts.

But now they are MUCH improved: orig.jpg [\spoiler]

Wow!!!
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Ok. Sooo…damp cloth rub down, way too much brushing until I got lactic acid burn in my arms (with the softest brush I have), and a very modest amount of Saphir tobacco-havana (figure that's good for cigar) polish, and more brushing, and they're starting to look a lot better, although the scratches are still present. For those who commented, thanks for the advice. 
They are looking really nice. Nice work!
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very nice job Roger!! i really like the outcome! the color is more elegant  and rich!! :nodding:

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The only shoe repair store in town closed when the owner passed away. I'm thinking about ordering a sole protector and installing it myself. (I used to do a lot of leatherwork in my younger days, so I think I can do it, even though I've never done this in particular.)
Has anyone here done this them self?
How did it go? Suggestions?

it's not something really difficult ,especially if you are familiar working with leather!! you ll need  a rough sandpaper (600-800 grit) to sand the sole so the  glue ll bond firmly the leather sole and the protector!! shoe trees  and a hammer and a really sharp blade to trim off the edges!!! 

btw use a professional glue or one specific for that task! examples at the photo beneath 

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Gentlemen, first I apologize if I'm breaching protocol by asking before reading the ENTIRE thread...ain't nobody(with small children) got time for that!


I've inherited a pair of Aristocraft ruby cordovan captoes and they're cracking a bit in the vamp.


What can I do to 1. stop it, if possible and 2. limit future damage?


Much obliged in advance!

No worries, it's not possible to breach a protocol in this thread. This is a showcase of humanity on its best. rolleyes.gif

There are some knowledgeable people here that can answer your question but they would need to see the pictures of shoes, especially the "cracking".

It could be something simple that can be buffed out or it could be something beyond repair so pictures would be of great help.


Got a few pics, lighting is crap but I hope they help.

 

 

 

 

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Got a few pics, lighting is crap but I hope they help.

They don't look like shell to me. Yes, they are cordovan...coloured...but I've never seen shell crease or crack like that. It looks like a heavy "paint job" finish that is cracking...so far.
post #14064 of 19061

Excuse me. Is there anything to be gained from using Lexol and then leaving the shoes, overnight, before polishing? Ditto, Creme Universelle? [but not using both at the same time :dozingoff:]. 

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Got a few pics, lighting is crap but I hope they help.

They don't look like shell to me. Yes, they are cordovan...coloured...but I've never seen shell crease or crack like that. It looks like a heavy "paint job" finish that is cracking...so far.


well shit...guess Aristocraft ain't what they used to be...I'm going to continue to work em, what the hell.

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well shit...guess Aristocraft ain't what they used to be...I'm going to continue to work em, what the hell.

I could be wrong...
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They don't look like shell to me. Yes, they are cordovan...coloured...but I've never seen shell crease or crack like that. It looks like a heavy "paint job" finish that is cracking...so far.
+1. Definitely not shell, and likely corrected grain, sorry. I think DWFII is right that you are just seeing the finish cracking there, not the leather which looks like normal creasing to me. If they are corrected grain, I'm not really sure how to minimize the visibility of the creasing, but someone else might have a suggestion.
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well shit...guess Aristocraft ain't what they used to be...I'm going to continue to work em, what the hell.

I could be wrong...


The leather everywhere else on the shoe is gorgeous and they were worn about twice and stored in my uncles closet in Abilene, probably dried em out a bit.

 

I've got some Lexol coming and have already hit em with Renovateur just to see and that actually seemed to help a bit.  Gonna pick up some cordovan crème Monday and continue to try to bring them back to life if possible.

 

If not, they'll be a half decent crappy weather shoe.

 

edit: if corrected grain they WILL be a crappy weather shoe.

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Seems to me it's just wrinkling in the finish, partly because the shoe obviously fits you differently to the original owner, so you'll get some extra creasing anyway.  The creasing down the side of the toe makes me think that - I have a wide forefoot and sometimes size up against my own advice - with the same results.

 

Anyway, my advice would be to clean all the loose polish off - gently, but thoroughly, with a mild mix of acetone and water (about 1/10) and a soft cotton cloth.  You could try PB's similar approach with white vinegar solution for a more natural pH.  Anyway, with that done, a bit of conditioning and/or cream polish should cheer it up a bit, then leave it for a few hours before giving a light wax polish as normal.  Are they a touch long for you, or sized up for width by any chance?  

 

But nice shoes: the burgundy ("cordovan!") oxford is less common than it should be, and I like the proportions and shape of these a lot.

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Seems to me it's just wrinkling in the finish, partly because the shoe obviously fits you differently to the original owner, so you'll get some extra creasing anyway.  The creasing down the side of the toe makes me think that - I have a wide forefoot and sometimes size up against my own advice - with the same results.

 

Anyway, my advice would be to clean all the loose polish off - gently, but thoroughly, with a mild mix of acetone and water (about 1/10) and a soft cotton cloth.  You could try PB's similar approach with white vinegar solution for a more natural pH.  Anyway, with that done, a bit of conditioning and/or cream polish should cheer it up a bit, then leave it for a few hours before giving a light wax polish as normal.  Are they a touch long for you, or sized up for width by any chance?  

 

But nice shoes: the burgundy ("cordovan!") oxford is less common than it should be, and I like the proportions and shape of these a lot.


I DIG the toebox, wish every dress shoe I owned had it's profile.

 

Yes, I'm a C and these are D but still fit well enough and the creasing was there when I got them.  They became more pronounced and were lighter than the surrounding leather so I noticed immediately and began to try to remediate.

 

Soles and insoles are pristine, they were barely worn...maybe they were too small for my uncle?

 

All great suggestions, this will be a grand adventure!

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