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post #17986 of 19038
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Originally Posted by EnglishShoes View Post

Not worth of a new thread, but I wanted to ask you fine people whether anyone here know about Barker NOVAs?

They look like glued-on soles (as I doubt they are closed channel). That, along with the suspicious range name, suggests this was a low-quality offering from Barker.
post #17987 of 19038
Hi all,

I'm a long time lurker but this is my first post. I'm hoping you sartorial chaps can either help or allay my fears.

I was just doing a spit shine to my Barker brogues (which I've done countless times with my other black and brown shoes) and as I was polishing the right shoe it appeared that some moisture began spreading from the brogue holes (please correct me if these have a special name).

Anyway the moisture marks are quite apparent and frankly rather ugly and for some reason the same effect food not appear despite the exact sane treatment to the left shoe.

Can anyone tell me if this is normal, is there something that can be done or is this pair now a write off?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide!

Cheers,
Dpbiii
post #17988 of 19038

Looks a little strange to me.  Is that definately just water, or did you apply any solvents or stripping agents before you started?

post #17989 of 19038
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Originally Posted by EnglishShoes View Post

Looks a little strange to me.  Is that definately just water, or did you apply any solvents or stripping agents before you started?
Nothing but water and polish.

I know, never seen it before. It's dried out now but it's absent of polish on those spots. Starting to get concerned as they're one of my new favourites.
post #17990 of 19038

*** Cross-post from AE Appreciation Thread ***

 

How to make cheap shoe trees better (OT)

I've seen recent discussion of shoe tree sales (such as JAB trees) and thought I would share my modifications to such trees. While I strongly prefer Woodlore Epic trees, they are relatively expensive and I have plenty of JAB tres. To me, the big shortcoming of the JAB and basic woodlore models is the lack of a good handhold. To solve this, I simply added brass knobs to the cheap trees, which magnifies their utility substantially (especially for boots!). If you have a few basic tools, there's not much to get.

As pictured below, for each pair, you will need:
- 2x Cabinet knobs (I like brass to match the nicer shoe trees)
- 2x 8/32 screws, preferably brass, 1/2" in length (5/8 could potentially work but will be hard to get into place).  Note: disclaimer below.
- A tiny Phillips screwdriver (#0 or so) to remove the nameplate
- An 11/64 drill bit and a driver (you probably could go up to 3/16 if absolutely necessary)
- (Optional) small needlenose pliers


How to:
1. Remove the existing nameplates.

2. Drill a hole on or near the screw hole closest to the front. Take care not to move too far back or you'll get into the area where the shoe tree curves, which means your screw won't be long enough.


3. Feed the screw through the hole from below. Pliers are not essential but will help, especially for those of us with robust fingers.


4. Hold the screw head in place with a finger and thread the knob on top.


5. Place trees in shoes.


That's it. It is pretty quick - I could probably do this for a dozen pairs in the time it will take me to write this post.

Of note, some of you may be tempted to buy a longer screw (2") and attach the knob near the back of a tree. I do not recommend this, for several reasons:
- it's more complicated. You will have to drill a countersink and do some sanding. It's even worse if you want to avoid the wood on the bottom splintering.
- it may get into the heel of the shoe (see below)
- unless you go really far back on the tree, the spring mechanism is in the way

Trust me on this. If you don't believe me, post your skepticism and I'll take a photo of why this is a bad idea. The method outlined above puts the knob in a really handy place (especially for boots), and looks fine aesthetically:


As far as process, that's it.  A few notes:

 

1. Brass screws in this size are readily available at any hardware store or big-box home improvement store, typically about $1.20 for 6 pcs.

2. TRUST BUT VERIFY: one of the 6 JAB trees I modified had a thick shelf/handhold, and 1/2" screws were not adequate.  In this case, I needed a 5/8" screw, which are more difficult to find.  I ended up just cutting a longer screw (hint: dremel or similar).  The 5/8" will still fit under the handhold, but the pliers become less optional.  Moral of the story: measure before purchasing hardware. 

3. If you don't want to shop for just the right knob, I used the cheapest brass knobs I could find on amazon (<$1 each).  The specific ones I used are now like $5 each, but this would be pretty much the same thing: http://www.amazon.com/Amerock-BP1910-PB-Allison-Hardware-Polished/dp/B000HAUS9Q/ref=pd_sim_60_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=410WUDdjiwL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR131%2C160_&refRID=0EZ3DF9N9FVFF59KRC1E - note this is an add-on item if you want free shipping (assumes amazon prime).  If you get the knobs for this price, the total cost of modifying a pair of trees is <$2.50.

 

Hope this helps - enjoy!

post #17991 of 19038
These are a pair of Wolverine 1000 miles boots I've been wearing for over 2 years.Please tell me how to fix these.Thanks a lot.





post #17992 of 19038
Conceal and color with shoe cream.
post #17993 of 19038
Hello there,

I recently came across these nice shoes while thrifting. The problem is that the stitching on the sole seems to be disappearing (with usage over the years of course). These are Goodyear welted shoes and I'm wondering if that means I would have to resole them in the near future (if I buy them of course)?

Resoling costs quite a bit of money, so I'm trying to work out the price I'm willing to pay for these shoes.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

post #17994 of 19038
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Originally Posted by jet-stream View Post

How to make cheap shoe trees better (OT)

Good DIY. And technically these are now custom shoe trees.
post #17995 of 19038
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Originally Posted by maikuraki View Post

These are a pair of Wolverine 1000 miles boots I've been wearing for over 2 years.Please tell me how to fix these.Thanks a lot.





That doesn't look bad at all - some color-matched cream and a good brushing will be a good start.  Over time it will just blend and become patina ;)

post #17996 of 19038
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Originally Posted by San780 View Post

Hello there,

I recently came across these nice shoes while thrifting. The problem is that the stitching on the sole seems to be disappearing (with usage over the years of course). These are Goodyear welted shoes and I'm wondering if that means I would have to resole them in the near future (if I buy them of course)?

Resoling costs quite a bit of money, so I'm trying to work out the price I'm willing to pay for these shoes.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

 

Unless the soles themselves are soft (usually near the ball of your foot), I wouldn't worry about it.  Wear and enjoy!

post #17997 of 19038
Cheap beater shoes for the rain. Over a year old. Ugly. Never polished or conditioned. Not cracking. Discuss.

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post #17998 of 19038

Where's the steak?

post #17999 of 19038
In my trousers for now.
post #18000 of 19038

Shoes with character; nice patina. Just use a damp cloth to clean them and brush.

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