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post #14476 of 19072

Get flush ones! Granted, there are structural risks in installing toe taps, but I figure no worse then wearing the threads down. Except, with the taps, the sole thickness stays intact.

post #14477 of 19072

Hi all. These are my Meermin LMs museum calf. Anyone would have any idea on alleviating the interesting creases/striations on one side of the quarters? (it's only on one shoe). A buff with Saphir Renovateur perhaps? They don't appear to be cracks however. From memory, they may been present from the beginning but that has been some time ago.  

 

post #14478 of 19072
It looks like just finish cracking, could be the top coat, or the dried wax polish. Other than putting some Lexol on it I'd live with it. If you use renomat to remove it you're likely going to ruin the museum finish on it as well.
post #14479 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Yowzer View Post
 

Hi all. These are my Meermin LMs museum calf. Anyone would have any idea on alleviating the interesting creases/striations on one side of the quarters? (it's only on one shoe). A buff with Saphir Renovateur perhaps? They don't appear to be cracks however. From memory, they may been present from the beginning but that has been some time ago.  

 

 

 

I get the same on a pair of VASS museum. I think its just a sign of low quality leather. Interestingly enough, I dont get it in a more recent pair that I ordered from Vass, and its likely that they switched suppliers (the new museum feels more supple as well).

 

I doubt that any shoe care product will fix this although open to suggestions.

post #14480 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Staffer18283 View Post

I get the same on a pair of VASS museum. I think its just a sign of low quality leather. Interestingly enough, I dont get it in a more recent pair that I ordered from Vass, and its likely that they switched suppliers (the new museum feels more supple as well).

I doubt that any shoe care product will fix this although open to suggestions.

Untrue.
post #14481 of 19072
Hard to tell from a photo and a better analysis could be made if you were standing in the shoes...

But that said, sometimes such creases in the waist indicate a poor fit.

If the heel to medial ball joint length is not consistent with the same dimensions on the last, the foot will not fill the volume that the shoe is creating. The shoe won't properly support the arch of the foot either, which is why I so often reiterate that the H-B length is the most important determiner of fit...rather than the ubiquitous and often misleading heel to toe length.
post #14482 of 19072
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I get the same on a pair of VASS museum. I think its just a sign of low quality leather. Interestingly enough, I dont get it in a more recent pair that I ordered from Vass, and its likely that they switched suppliers (the new museum feels more supple as well).

 

I doubt that any shoe care product will fix this although open to suggestions.

Vass leather is excellent (first complaint I hear of it).  Most probably fit is your problem as pointed out by DW.

post #14483 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Yowzer View Post
 

Hi all. These are my Meermin LMs museum calf. Anyone would have any idea on alleviating the interesting creases/striations on one side of the quarters? (it's only on one shoe). A buff with Saphir Renovateur perhaps? They don't appear to be cracks however. From memory, they may been present from the beginning but that has been some time ago.  

 

I think your leather it is ok (not the best, but still good enough) as well as your fit,  Standard leather quality by Meermin.  Do not worry at all, they look nice.

post #14484 of 19072

Just an observation. When I buy new shoes, they invariably need an added insole. After I have worn this combination for about three months, I take the insole out and the shoes are very comfortable. Why is this?  I suspect it may be something to do with the sole becoming a bit more flexible. Also, like most people, I have one foot larger than the other - and quite markedly so. Could this be anything to do with it?

post #14485 of 19072
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Vass leather is excellent (first complaint I hear of it).  Most probably fit is your problem as pointed out by DW.

I agree - I have 3 more pair of Vass which I have no issues with. But, I think the leather on that one pair is indeed sub par. I wear the same size on all 4 pairs (2 oxford, 1 derby and 1 double monk) but get this issue on only that one pair.

 

Understand that after Ilcea went bankrupt, Vass sourced their museum calf from different suppliers. They may have got a bad skin at some point - the more recent museum I ordered from them seems very good.

post #14486 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Just an observation. When I buy new shoes, they invariably need an added insole. After I have worn this combination for about three months, I take the insole out and the shoes are very comfortable. Why is this?  I suspect it may be something to do with the sole becoming a bit more flexible. Also, like most people, I have one foot larger than the other - and quite markedly so. Could this be anything to do with it?

 

My experience with leather  insoles is really bad. I bought 7 pairs of Tacco and Pedag leather insoles for my "biggest" shoes.  After 2 month wearing them I could not stand them anymore in any of my shoes; no perfect fit, no comfortable in my toes and acumulatión of dirt.  I threw them away and now I wear my big shoes just in winter time with thick shocks. Unfortunately that is my only alternative to a bad fit.

post #14487 of 19072

^ I have some success with Superfeet. They have various inserts depending on your feet type and the amount of space (Volume) in the shoe. 

post #14488 of 19072
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^ I have some success with Superfeet. They have various inserts depending on your feet type and the amount of space (Volume) in the shoe. 

 

Thanks Striker, but I see no leather insoles.  I rather glue a  good thin vegetable tanned leather insole made by my cobbler.

post #14489 of 19072

I find in such an instance where inserts are concerned, the microfiber material and cloth upper that wraps the supportive mould works so much better than a leather after-market insole. 

post #14490 of 19072

I'm not so much talking about which insoles to get, just the point that, after awhile, I can take them out and the shoes fit well. It is almost as if the insoles are part of the breaking in of the shoes. 

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