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post #16516 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

Hi folks,
Finally got my first pair of AEs and am already delighted. However I noticed fairly prominent creasing has developed almost immediately (the photos are after walking perhaps 50m in them - they were new in box).

Is this just what happens normally? Was hoping that the cap at least would retain form.



Certain styles is normal for especially when cap to is long like the first ave boot from AE
post #16517 of 19061
After one day of wear. This is not the look I was after.





Really?
post #16518 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

After one day of wear. This is not the look I was after.

Really?

 

What style/model is that?


Edited by SimplyStylin - 9/1/15 at 5:43am
post #16519 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

After one day of wear. This is not the look I was after.

...

Really?

Sorry, but the shoes and/or last just don't fit you well. Judging by the gap between the laces and the creasing on the cap, I'd guess they are a half to a whole size too long and at least a width too narrow. For example, if they are 10D, try a 9.5E or something in that last. What model is that anyway?
post #16520 of 19061
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post


Here are my suggestions to you:

1. Wipe them off thoroghly with a clean cotton rag and water, removing all dirt, dried mud, dust and debris.
2. Allow them to dry.
3. Use a conditioner to moisturize the leather. I prefer Bick 4 because I like its results best, and it seems gentle. But Lexol or Saphir Renovateur will work as well.
4. Buff with a clean rag; you can brush at this point also.
5. Apply whatever combinations of cream and/or wax polishes you prefer. Use colors that are lighter than the leather, if you wish to preserve the antique burnishing. Neutral polish is safe as well, but scuffs may remain visible with neutral polish, which some like as age/patina. Brush and buff with cotton rag between coats of polish. Multiple coats likely will not be necessary, but they can add visual interest.
7. Cover the boots with dust bags, and store them in a cool and dry place.

*avoid alcohol or saddle soap - these can be harsh on some leather. Consider using a toothbrush or other small welt brush to clean dirt along the sole edge.

For more detailed instructions, you may wish to refer to the many previous posts in this thread on the subject of care and shining.

Good job for wearing your boots and roughing them up a bit! They will look as good as new after a shine. Cheers!

Good advise.  I do exactly the same.  I just use Renovateur or neutral waxes for the edge sole and welt stiching and apply them with a small brush. 

post #16521 of 19061
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Sorry, but the shoes and/or last just don't fit you well. Judging by the gap between the laces and the creasing on the cap, I'd guess they are a half to a whole size too long and at least a width too narrow. For example, if they are 10D, try a 9.5E or something in that last. What model is that anyway?

At least a full size too big and 2 width too narrow.
post #16522 of 19061
They are 8E Lexington. Measured in store they tried to sell me a 8.5D and I pushed back as my heel was sliding all over the place. Sales guy watched me walk around and told me these were right. So I guess I am actually a 7EEE or something?

Too scared to wear the Park Avenues I bought at the same time (also 8E. Same last I believe)
post #16523 of 19061
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

Anyone have any advice on how to start cleaning and shining these shoes? I've never really gotten any of my shoes this dirty and scraped up so I'm not sure how to begin or if I should be buying any special cleaners like saddle soap / lexol cleaner & lexol conditioner or soaking them in water.

I'm thinking:
  1. use a moist paper towel to get the dirt off uppers and shaft. (water or maybe rubbing alcohol?)
  2. brush uppers and shaft
  3. use renovateur on uppers only and wait 30 minutes
  4. use neutral cream or light brown cream on uppers only
  5. brush
  6. buff
  7. 50 coats of neutral wax



Thanks for any help!

I saw this this morning and I still can't believe it.

This I would do with my Redwings, but not with my Galways.

Ah well what are they for if not for getting enjoyment out of.
post #16524 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

They are 8E Lexington. Measured in store they tried to sell me a 8.5D and I pushed back as my heel was sliding all over the place. Sales guy watched me walk around and told me these were right. So I guess I am actually a 7EEE or something?

Too scared to wear the Park Avenues I bought at the same time (also 8E. Same last I believe)

 

I had some Lexingtons for a few weeks, until I decided the 65 last is just too narrow for me to get a comfortable fit without some serious break-in time or stretching.

 

i did not receive any creases in the cap toe, so I'd have to agree it's most likely it's a fit issue as mentioned.

post #16525 of 19061

Advice to get beer stains out of leather shoes? They're navy blue, so they're not exactly stains, but rather little wrinkles. 

post #16526 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

Too scared to wear the Park Avenues I bought at the same time (also 8E. Same last I believe)
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Originally Posted by SimplyStylin View Post

I had some Lexingtons for a few weeks, until I decided the 65 last is just too narrow for me to get a comfortable fit without some serious break-in time or stretching.

The 5 last is one of their most narrow lasts, and quite long too. It's very popular but is an odd fit IMO. I've owned several 5 last shoes in the past, but have sold them all off as it just doesn't work for me. It is not unusual to have to go down in length and up in width in that last. Don't worry about the # on the box, go with what fits best. If you haven't worn the Park Aves yet, I would consider returning to the store and trying other sizes before wearing them.
post #16527 of 19061
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

Anyone have any advice on how to start cleaning and shining these shoes? I've never really gotten any of my shoes this dirty and scraped up so I'm not sure how to begin or if I should be buying any special cleaners like saddle soap / lexol cleaner & lexol conditioner or soaking them in water.

I'm thinking:
  1. use a moist paper towel to get the dirt off uppers and shaft. (water or maybe rubbing alcohol?)
  2. brush uppers and shaft
  3. use renovateur on uppers only and wait 30 minutes
  4. use neutral cream or light brown cream on uppers only
  5. brush
  6. buff
  7. 50 coats of neutral wax



Thanks for any help!

Paging @Crat...

I've seen him beat the hell out of his C&Js while fishing and get them looking great again.
post #16528 of 19061
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Paging @Crat...

I've seen him beat the hell out of his C&Js while fishing and get them looking great again.

I think he did this to Galways as well, but those were the more field type boots on the 64 Last.
post #16529 of 19061
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

Advice to get beer stains out of leather shoes? They're navy blue, so they're not exactly stains, but rather little wrinkles. 

Try 1 part white vinegar with 3 parts distilled water and some elbow grease.
post #16530 of 19061
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Originally Posted by nekostyle View Post

They are 8E Lexington. Measured in store they tried to sell me a 8.5D and I pushed back as my heel was sliding all over the place. Sales guy watched me walk around and told me these were right. So I guess I am actually a 7EEE or something?

Too scared to wear the Park Avenues I bought at the same time (also 8E. Same last I believe)

I have creasing that looks a bit like that on my Leeds. Totally different last and no cap but similar looking creasing. I have it only on the left foot. My left foot is about a size smaller than my right foot, so I think the gentlemen's comments about fit should be spot on.

I wear Leeds (511 last which is wider than 65 I've been told) in 8 1/2 EEE. Right foot pinches after a days wear until broken in while the left would be fine in 7 1/2 EEE. Just try them all on yourself in the store if you have the luxury. Maybe a 511 lasted shoe fits you better, although that also depends on the heel. For me its still fine, even on the left foot, as its mostly just shorter but not much thinner than my right.
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