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Wow! I cannot recall a shine that bright on shell. Do you have instructions on how you achieved that? Or a link? I'd love to get my Alden  color 8 LWB's looking that glossy. 

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Gentlemen,

 

SF as a whole is an amazing place.  And this is one of many great threads.  This is my first post in this thread, and obviously there are many gentlemen here who's work greatly surpass mine.

 

But, nevertheless, here you go.

 

(This is a cross post from the Alden Thread)

 

Alden for Leffot Ravello Day-Trippers after what I refer to as; "The Treatment"
 

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Watch some spitshine, or bulling, or mirror shine videos on YouTube, get the materials, ingredients, and some free time, then practice, and find out more about the so called "secret of the trade". 

post #15573 of 19059
Apart from Carmina, any notable bootmakers in Barcelona I may not be aware of, coming from the states? Heading there in a week.
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Meermin of Mallorca. 

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Apart from Carmina, any notable bootmakers in Barcelona I may not be aware of, coming from the states? Heading there in a week.

Barcelona or Spain?

 

Bootmakers or Shoemakers?

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Barcelona or Spain?

 

Bootmakers or Shoemakers?

 

I suppose either, though I'm keen on boots presently. I'm in barcelona for the better part of a week. Looking for some eye candy - see if anything grabs me.

post #15577 of 19059
Barcelona eye candy is all on the beach. A different kind of pair, but thousands of 'em. All exposed to the sun, but no noticeable patina.
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Does anybody prefer transparent shoe wax over black shoe wax for black leather shoes? I have been using black wax for a mirror polish but am not quite satisfied with the final result (still not reading the time on my watch). I have been using Burgol by the way.

Try Glen Karen's hi shine wax. Works wonders!
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I suppose either, though I'm keen on boots presently. I'm in barcelona for the better part of a week. Looking for some eye candy - see if anything grabs me.

I cant help you much.

 

For bespoke Ramon Cuberta.  Speciall booties from J.L for Santa Eulalia, best luxury shop in Spain with high english RTW GYW shoes.And then, go to visit La Sagrada Familia.

post #15580 of 19059
I know we don't talk a lot about suede on here but I recently heard that steaming suede shoes often is important.

Does anyone know more about this or do it yourselves?
post #15581 of 19059
In general...heat is not good for leather. Water holds heat well. Steam is water heated past the boiling point. Boiled leather...AKA cuir bouilli...is rigid and entirely inflexible.
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I know we don't talk a lot about suede on here but I recently heard that steaming suede shoes often is important.

Does anyone know more about this or do it yourselves?

FWIW, Leather Doctor Hydrator and Fatliquor can be used to hydrate and condition suede as well as calf and cordovan. Probably the only product I've come across that can be used on suede for conditioning.
post #15583 of 19059
Sorry for the extraordinarily beginner question (searching wasn't getting me anywhere):

my AEs need new soles because the front part of the sole is getting quite worn through (at the toe it is almost all the way through). The local cobbler wants to do a "half re-sole" where he'll cut off just the front half and replace it. I assume this is not a good idea and will limit my ability to go to AE for a real recraft in the future? (I also asked the cobbler about a full re-sole but the price he quoted me was even more than AE charges for a recraft . . . )

Generally is the only way to do a "re-sole" to do a full resole/recrafting?
post #15584 of 19059
If the factory offers a recraft. I would use it as they have the original last the shoe was made on, which limits some things that could go wrong. Many factories won't recraft after another cobbler messes with a shoe due to some ills that could have happens that can be exacerbated by the recraft process. Your best bet is it recraft and then get toe taps installed to limit the wear in the future.
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If the factory offers a recraft. I would use it as they have the original last the shoe was made on, which limits some things that could go wrong. Many factories won't recraft after another cobbler messes with a shoe due to some ills that could have happens that can be exacerbated by the recraft process. Your best bet is it recraft and then get toe taps installed to limit the wear in the future.

I'll be honest with you, Pat, if AE shoes go wrong, just go to B. Nelson. AE recraft service is a laughing stock, really.

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