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Originally Posted by bamgrinus View Post

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



 





 



Is there anything at all that can be done?


 



I guess it depends on how picky you are - I'd burnish it with some Bick4/Reno/similar and the back of a spoon, then use color-matching polish and accept the patina. If you really need perfect, that isn't that pair any more.
post #18062 of 19040
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Originally Posted by atia2 View Post

Yes, nothing bad will happen to your shoes.

Thanks for the reply
post #18063 of 19040
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

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.

Nice. Thanks for the info and thanks for the reply.
post #18064 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post
 

 

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.

 

Ok then i ll send you in a pm where you are going to find them!

post #18065 of 19040

I picked up some older (I think from the early or mid-90s) Winfield Allen Edmonds on eBay.  I couldn't find info for this leather on the AE site or much at all on the internet.  Curious how this leather should be treated.  Any recommendations?  Also, is this type of sole normal or?  I've never seen one like that. 

 

 

 

post #18066 of 19040

That looks like a sole that has been (incredibly uniformly) worn down to the cork...

post #18067 of 19040

Nope, looks like a normal leather sole but they have used a load of dye or edge dressing except for that one pale area.

 

Probably applied edge dressing but got some under the sole, so they did it all round.

post #18068 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

I picked up some older (I think from the early or mid-90s) Winfield Allen Edmonds on eBay.  I couldn't find info for this leather on the AE site or much at all on the internet.  Curious how this leather should be treated.  Any recommendations?  Also, is this type of sole normal or?  I've never seen one like that. 

 

 

 

 

The soles are fine !! Just a little bit ridiculously dyed!! The leather looks  like Hippo but considering the brand i doubt it is hippo leather!! It is more like embossed calf skin (judging from the kind of creasing) 

post #18069 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

I picked up some older (I think from the early or mid-90s) Winfield Allen Edmonds on eBay.  I couldn't find info for this leather on the AE site or much at all on the internet.  Curious how this leather should be treated.  Any recommendations?  Also, is this type of sole normal or?  I've never seen one like that. 

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Can you still read the model number inside the shoe?  I think there's an indicator of the type of leather.

post #18070 of 19040

Yeah - now that I see it on a bigger screen it does look like dye.  Strange...

post #18071 of 19040
Thanks for info thus far!

@bamgrinus
I think so, but I am at work right now and not wearing them. I will check and post a pic of model info when I get home.
post #18072 of 19040

I've seen a few eBay sellers paint the whole sole with black dye.  Perhaps they think it makes the shoe look newer?

post #18073 of 19040

Here is the model # info on the inside of the shoe and also another pic of both soles side by side.  And according to the ebay seller, I asker where these came from after I bought them since I couldn't find much info on them.  She said her son was given these shoes by a doctor friend in mid-90s who hadn't worn these shoes much, her son wore them a few times and threw them in the closet and never wore them again.  So I speculate they are from the early or mid-90s, but it is possible they could be a little or a lot older. 

 

post #18074 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Captain Insano View Post
 

Here is the model # info on the inside of the shoe and also another pic of both soles side by side.  And according to the ebay seller, I asker where these came from after I bought them since I couldn't find much info on them.  She said her son was given these shoes by a doctor friend in mid-90s who hadn't worn these shoes much, her son wore them a few times and threw them in the closet and never wore them again.  So I speculate they are from the early or mid-90s, but it is possible they could be a little or a lot older. 

 

These shoes are from 1980s. Allen Edmonds called the leather "Exotic Grain Calf". I have never seen it in person but I believe it is like their polished cobbler. I would use Venetian shoe cream on them.

post #18075 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Darell John View Post

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.

Doesn't work for light colored shoes.

Just Use darker cream to cover water marks.
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