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post #18046 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post

Gents,

I've had these Alden Officer chukkas for 2 years and have hardly worn them, because I dislike the chunky crepe sole (not my photos).
Do you think I could have the soles replaced somehow, or should I forget about it?

Thanks






Alden won't change soles for you. I'd call Arem at AH One. It seems like there was something said here about crepe in particular that made them more complicated to resole, but I'm sure Aram can give you options.
post #18047 of 19069
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post


Alden won't change soles for you. I'd call Arem at AH One. It seems like there was something said here about crepe in particular that made them more complicated to resole, but I'm sure Aram can give you options.

 

Thank you, appreciated

post #18048 of 19069
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So I left them to dry after getting caught in a storm, with shoetrees, din seem to improve the situation.

Any advice appreciated.


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Gents? Reposting because I have received any replies yet.

Some additional information. I was caught in a sudden storm. So the marks were left by just rain nothing else, it's been About a month now the darkened area is still there, has not gone down yet.

I found some info of dealing with water stains on regular leather but was wondering if the treatment of shell cordovan is different.

FYI, shoes are park Ave, AE. In natural shell.
If that makes any difference.
post #18049 of 19069

^ The problem is that at least part of the staining appears to be color that leached from the darker welt, but its hard to tell what the origin of the smudge on teh stoes are.

Renovateur tends to help restore some evenness to discolored shell. There might be other methods based on what those stains actually are (dye from the welt, or salt from melted salted snow, or grease floating in puddles after heavy rain etc)

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^ The problem is that at least part of the staining appears to be color that leached from the darker welt, but its hard to tell what the origin of the smudge on teh stoes are.
Renovateur tends to help restore some evenness to discolored shell. There might be other methods based on what those stains actually are (dye from the welt, or salt from melted salted snow, or grease floating in puddles after heavy rain etc)

Thanks for the reply, based on a process of elimination, AE probably uses color fast welts, definitely not salt( live in the equator), i suppose it could be grease..
You don't think this could be just water?
post #18051 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post
 

Gents,

 

I've had these Alden Officer chukkas for 2 years and have hardly worn them, because I dislike the chunky crepe sole (not my photos).

Do you think I could have the soles replaced somehow, or should I forget about it?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

You can resole them for sure( real leather-dainite soles etc is up to you) ! Judging from your name you are Greek but i cant figure out where do you live! If you live in greece i can recommend you 2-3 good shoemakers- cobblers that can do the swap! 


Edited by benhour - 4/4/16 at 11:19am
post #18052 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Darell John View Post





Thanks for the reply, based on a process of elimination, AE probably uses color fast welts, definitely not salt( live in the equator), i suppose it could be grease..

You don't think this could be just water?





I've been hesitating to answer becaseu (A) there are so many more informed opinions to be had here (DWF, pB, etc.) and (B) I don't know shell. In my case I had similar stains from water alone.



When I asked a similar question about calfskin here, the answer was to try a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar to clean the affected areas (dab and avoid over-soaking, allow to dry - I went overnight - thoroughly, might require 2-3 passes, condition well once you've finished the process, allow to dry, then apply color-correcting polish and wax via your standard process).  It might or might not work fully.  



In my case, I'd over-worn the shoes and the leather wasn't well-conditioned, so the stains were permanent, though after I cleaned and brushed them quite a bit and put a couple coats of slightly darker polish they are very serviceable now (I also had them converted to commando soles to make them into beater shoes):


Before:


(water stains and clearly  




Best I could do, but you can still see the water stains, etc.






After the re-build and a couple coats of darker polish:




I have zero idea how much any of that translates to shell.  Wish you luck...

post #18053 of 19069
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post
 

 

You can resole them for sure( real leather-dainite soles etc is up to you) ! Judging from your name you are Greek but i cant figure out where do you live! If you leave in greece i can recommend you 2-3 good shoemakers- cobblers that can do the swap! 

 

I live in Athens mate. 

I checked M635guy's recommendation but they are US based, so...

I certainly need a good cobbler anyway, so appreciate your help.

 

By the way I think I would avoid dainite. I find it hard and very slippery in wet pavement.

post #18054 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Darell John View Post





Thanks for the reply, based on a process of elimination, AE probably uses color fast welts, definitely not salt( live in the equator), i suppose it could be grease..

You don't think this could be just water?





I've been hesitating to answer becaseu (A) there are so many more informed opinions to be had here (DWF, pB, etc.) and (B) I don't know shell. In my case I had similar stains from water alone.



When I asked a similar question about calfskin here, the answer was to try a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar to clean the affected areas (dab and avoid over-soaking, allow to dry - I went overnight - thoroughly, might require 2-3 passes, condition well once you've finished the process, allow to dry, then apply color-correcting polish and wax via your standard process).  It might or might not work fully.  



In my case, I'd over-worn the shoes and the leather wasn't well-conditioned, so the stains were permanent, though after I cleaned and brushed them quite a bit and put a couple coats of slightly darker polish they are very serviceable now (I also had them converted to commando soles to make them into beater shoes):


Before:


(water stains and clearly  




Best I could do, but you can still see the water stains, etc.






After the re-build and a couple coats of darker polish:




I have zero idea how much any of that translates to shell.  Wish you luck...


Thanks for the reply, yea have read about the water vinegar mix as well and similar to you have no clue how it translate to shell, Dw recommended in another post to soak the whole show in water, yet again would this apply to shell no clue.
post #18055 of 19069
Hello SF. Quick question. Is it ok to leave your shoes/boots without shoe trees about 1-2 hours after taking them off? I'm asking this because I go to the gym and switch into my gym shoes and the footwear I had on stays in my locker without shoe trees until I finish up. I know it's a random question lol but I would really like to know. Thanks!
post #18056 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

Hello SF. Quick question. Is it ok to leave your shoes/boots without shoe trees about 1-2 hours after taking them off? I'm asking this because I go to the gym and switch into my gym shoes and the footwear I had on stays in my locker without shoe trees until I finish up. I know it's a random question lol but I would really like to know. Thanks!

Yes, nothing bad will happen to your shoes.
post #18057 of 19069
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Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

Hello SF. Quick question. Is it ok to leave your shoes/boots without shoe trees about 1-2 hours after taking them off? I'm asking this because I go to the gym and switch into my gym shoes and the footwear I had on stays in my locker without shoe trees until I finish up. I know it's a random question lol but I would really like to know. Thanks!

 

I got a little neurotic about shoe trees not too long ago and did a bunch of web-searching, then condensed it to a thread over @ GYW for opinions.  The topic of "when" for shoe trees was pretty much "give the shoes some time to air out and get rid of the majority of moisture, then put in the trees".  The time is probably variable - most sources I saw were 15-30 minutes for shoes.  Alden recommends an hour for boots.

 

My net opinion:  1-2 hours isn't an issue at all.  Even skipping trees days at a time is unlikely to immediately damage the shoes - it is a cumulative sort of benefit IMHO.

post #18058 of 19069

I recently discovered that my boots have a huge gash across the toe cap:

 

 

Is there anything at all that can be done?

post #18059 of 19069

Just let them rest for some minutes and do not get neurotic for this kind of things.:) 

post #18060 of 19069

^polish them with black paste or any wax with high concentration of pigments. I do not think glue is the solution for that cut.

 

This one was repaired with glue.

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