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^ Flanky belly leather improperly waxed and exposed to rain water.

Probably. IMO.
post #17297 of 19061
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

^ Flanky belly leather improperly waxed and exposed to rain water.

Probably. IMO.

Recommendations on how to fix?
post #17298 of 19061
Get the toplifts replaced. The cobbler will clean the heel stack up and reqax. Then keep some wax on them and stay out of puddles.

Except for the "flanky leather" bit, it's normal...more or less.
post #17299 of 19061
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Get the toplifts replaced. The cobbler will clean the heel stack up and reqax. Then keep some wax on them and stay out of puddles.

Except for the "flanky leather" bit, it's normal...more or less.

Hrm, the shoes aren't too aged. Less than 15-20 wears, so I'm surprised it needs this kind of attention already!
post #17300 of 19061
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Hrm, the shoes aren't too aged. Less than 15-20 wears, so I'm surprised it needs this kind of attention already!

I don't know how old the shoes are, I don't know how many wears they have had. But I didn't say "get the toplifts replaced" for no reason--they are worn down to the point where one or two more wears is gonna put you into the heel stack. You need to replace the toplifts anyway, IOW.

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post #17301 of 19061
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Hrm, the shoes aren't too aged. Less than 15-20 wears, so I'm surprised it needs this kind of attention already!

 

That might be the proper way to do it

 

But for my cheap ass, I would probably just use shoe cream/sole edge dye to dye it to the same color.  The top lifts look like they still have lives left.

post #17302 of 19061
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

That might be the proper way to do it

But for my cheap ass, I would probably just use shoe cream/sole edge dye to dye it to the same color.  The top lifts look like they still have lives left.

Liberal use of duct tape and a permanent marker are all any footwear needs. Now, they even sell different colors of duct tape, so the marker is less important. Aesthetically, many guys even prefer the look of footwear enhanced in this manner. Check out the John Lobb thread for some great examples.

Regards,
Jon

P.S. Do I need to mention that this was all meant in light-hearted fun?
post #17303 of 19061
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Liberal use of duct tape and a permanent marker are all any footwear needs. Now, they even sell different colors of duct tape, so the marker is less important. Aesthetically, many guys even prefer the look of footwear enhanced in this manner. Check out the John Lobb thread for some great examples.

Regards,
Jon

P.S. Do I need to mention that this was all meant in light-hearted fun?

 

Actually, I wouldn't mind using marker to color edges. Works wonders.

post #17304 of 19061
You might want to post a picture from another angle. He angle might trick us to think that the right side is worn down, while the left side still looks basically new.
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It is such an affordable repair that you're going to do sooner than later anyway - I'd just get it done. The shoes will look better and you can stop wondering about them...
post #17307 of 19061
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You might want to post a picture from another angle. He angle might trick us to think that the right side is worn down, while the left side still looks basically new.

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Right...well, they aren't as close to needing replacement as I thought. A picture is worth a thousand guesses. confused.gif

You could try this...wet the offending area slightly. Rub hard with a spoon or bone. As the leather burnishes it will seem sticky. If you persist, it will start to shine. When the whole area is polished, let it dry overnight. Then sand lightly with a fine sandpaper--300+--to lightly break the "shine." Now, get yourself some shoe cream that is close to the same colour and rub it in good. Let dry. Rub with a cloth and then brush. Apply wax over the whole heel. Brush again.

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post #17308 of 19061
Maybe the way you drive? Rubbing heels against the carpet excessively? Sitting at your desk with feet facing up while pushing your chair back and forth? I like DWF's idea but I do wonder why it is concentrated on the back of the heel?
post #17309 of 19061
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Maybe the way you drive? Rubbing heels against the carpet excessively? Sitting at your desk with feet facing up while pushing your chair back and forth? I like DWF's idea but I do wonder why it is concentrated on the back of the heel?

Mainly for the same reason the heel wears the fastest at the back of the heel. And maybe some of what you describe plus where the heel strikes the leather is going to get compressed (and then open up a little) with each footfall. And if the leather is flanky...as the excessively loose and coarse fibers indicate...that compression and decompression is going to be accentuated. That will, in turn, tend to "shed" the wax that protects the heel leather from rain water, etc.. And so it's a cumulative effect--a vicious circle.

And even though it is pronounced in this case...probably because of the poor quality of the last layer in the stack...it's a common occurrence to one degree or another. Even on the best made shoes, leather heels and outsole edges can benefit from a little attention now and again.

PS...and on edit...the method I describe above is fundamentally how I do it when I make a shoe or boot. Some aspects are changed to accommodate the consumer who doesn't have access to a shop and professional dyes, tools, etc., but the basic concepts are "in there."

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Edited by DWFII - 12/9/15 at 7:28am
post #17310 of 19061

Saphir make an excellent Edge Dressing which may well help with your heels.  I ordered mine from A Fine Pair of Shoes. 

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