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post #14071 of 19072

do the alcohol test!! :) take a rag or cotton put some alcohol (pure if you can) and rub in an unseen area (tongue probably is the safest part as they are oxford) if you dont see any color on the rag then sorry but they are corrected !! cause we cant be sure 100% from pics!! also to say that the dont look like shell cordovan to me neither 

post #14072 of 19072
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post
 

do the alcohol test!! :) take a rag or cotton put some alcohol (pure if you can) and rub in an unseen area (tongue probably is the safest part as they are oxford) if you dont see any color on the rag then sorry but they are corrected !! cause we cant be sure 100% from pics!! also to say that the dont look like shell cordovan to me neither 


If this is accurate, they are NOT corrected grain.  Used 70% alcohol and got color.

 

They're very sturdily constructed and fully leather lined...should be interesting once I get Lexol on em.


Edited by Layered Player - 3/14/15 at 11:10am
post #14073 of 19072

I don't think that test proves much - if there's polish on them, it will dissolve in alcohol, whether they're made of leather, plastic or old teabags.

 

Anyway, I'm not sure it really matters: they look like a very attractive pair of shoes, and will no doubt be better for a gentle strip, condition and polish.

post #14074 of 19072
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very nice job Roger!! i really like the outcome! the color is more elegant  and rich!! nod%5B1%5D.gif
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 
I think I'll give it a try. I used to use Barge contact cement, and it looks like that's still commonly used.
I didn't know that I've have to hammer them. Thanks for the advice.
post #14075 of 19072
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

I don't think that test proves much - if there's polish on them, it will dissolve in alcohol, whether they're made of leather, plastic or old teabags.

 

Anyway, I'm not sure it really matters: they look like a very attractive pair of shoes, and will no doubt be better for a gentle strip, condition and polish.

mimo if they were corrected what would the purpose be  of using polish on them?

 btw thats why i said about tongue area(hidden area) where the possibilities for polish to be there are really low

post #14076 of 19072

Corrected grain isn't like patent; there's still a finish on it.

post #14077 of 19072
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Corrected grain isn't like patent; there's still a finish on it.

it's how you define the  "corrected"!!  if for you corrected is sanded down leather yes there is a finish on !! 

 

when i said they are corrected grain i meant with a plastic coating on them!! patent leather i more used for the high shine formal shoes(incorrectly but thats what it has prevailed) !!sorry i think i had to say exactly what i meant!!

 

btw i did a search and the shoes are made of calf skin with a plastic coating finish! they are not shell!

post #14078 of 19072
I don't think anybody said they were shell. Anyway, whatever kind of binder or CG they may be, I hope he succeeds.
post #14079 of 19072
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@patrick_b
 if your roughout low boots (the one that took HDLP treatment) got some dirt on, how do you clean them? 

Just a thought that occurred on my mind.

Suede brush.
post #14080 of 19072
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I don't think anybody said they were shell. Anyway, whatever kind of binder or CG they may be, I hope he succeeds.

FWIW...
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Originally Posted by Layered Player View Post

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

I took "ruby" to be the colour and "shell cordovan" to mean shell.
post #14081 of 19072

Ah, sorry, misread. Anyway, I think we're all agreed that they're not!

 

Btw I just read elsewhere about your coming award; congratulations. :)

post #14082 of 19072
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Btw I just read elsewhere about your coming award; congratulations. smile.gif

Thank you! I appreciate that. Did you read about it on SF?
post #14083 of 19072

No, a Facebook group about shoe-making.  I think the guy posting was a former student of yours; don't recall exactly.

 

Just noticed your new picture...yes, congratulations, 2014!

post #14084 of 19072
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No, a Facebook group about shoe-making.  I think the guy posting was a former student of yours; don't recall exactly.

Just noticed your new picture...yes, congratulations, 2014!

Ah!

Well, I don't "Facebook." That's a morass I don't want to wade into.

Thanks again.

BTW, For those who are interested I posted a short blurb about this award here

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post #14085 of 19072

Very many congratulations on your award, DW. Your skill, knowledge and artistry have been recognised many times but this must be the sort of award that makes you realise what a great career you have had (and, by the sound of it, continue to have).  And still you find time to share your expertise with us, via this and other threads. Thank you and - again - congratulations. 

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