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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?

Easy fix. Use medium grid 240-480 grit sand paper to smooth the surface. And then cream polish to add color pigments. Buff to high shine with wax.
post #18077 of 19046
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Originally Posted by davidVC View Post

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.
Thanks! I have some VSC and I will try that.
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A question for those who add rubber half soles to their leather soled shoes and boots: do you do so before you put them into regular rotation, or do you wear them out and about for a little while first?

Paging @RogerP, whom I recall does this + lives in the same region as I.

post #18079 of 19046
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post
 

A question for those who add rubber half soles to their leather soled shoes and boots: do you do so before you put them into regular rotation, or do you wear them out and about for a little while first?

Paging @RogerP, whom I recall does this + lives in the same region as I.

 

Yes, I have them applied before the first outing to avoid any uneven wear on the sole - particularly at the toe.

post #18080 of 19046
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post

A question for those who add rubber half soles to their leather soled shoes and boots: do you do so before you put them into regular rotation, or do you wear them out and about for a little while first?


Paging @RogerP
, whom I recall does this + lives in the same region as I.

I get them done when I have the shoes. I can't think of a reason not to do it before you wear them.
post #18081 of 19046
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

I get them done when I have the shoes. I can't think of a reason not to do it before you wear them.

And there's at least one good reason to have them done before wearing.
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Thanks for the quick replies, folks. I sent a pair of never-been-worn Saint Crispin's to the local shoe repair shop!

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Hand welted over-a-grand shoes straight off for a cobbler's knife and glue...I could weep! Why not buy rubber soled shoes to begin with?

/rant
post #18084 of 19046
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post
 

Thanks for the quick replies, folks. I sent a pair of never-been-worn Saint Crispin's to the local shoe repair shop!

 

If there is still time, I sincerely think you should stop that operation right now. The best case scenario is actually the shop repair shop realising that there is no way they can do a good job on a StC sole, and I don't want to imagine what the worst case would be.

 

As @mimo mentioned, StC has no MTO upcharge, I suggest you order rubber soles next time around. 

post #18085 of 19046
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Originally Posted by computingboy91 View Post

If there is still time, I sincerely think you should stop that operation right now. The best case scenario is actually the shop repair shop realising that there is no way they can do a good job on a StC sole, and I don't want to imagine what the worst case would be.

As @mimo
 mentioned, StC has no MTO upcharge, I suggest you order rubber soles next time around. 

So do you think they can handle an AE,C&J, or Carmina sole?
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

So do you think they can handle an AE,C&J, or Carmina sole?

I'm sure your cobbler can "handle" any sole, if all this means is sticking on a Topy. I think others are suggesting it would be something of a travesty to bastardise and conceal an object as beautifully crafted as a St Crispin sole. A good and conscientious cobbler might similarly baulk at the idea. I, having never owned such an expensive shoe, cannot comment on this, but I have also never seen the need to glue rubber to a nice leather sole.
post #18087 of 19046
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Originally Posted by atia2 View Post

I'm sure your cobbler can "handle" any sole, if all this means is sticking on a Topy. I think others are suggesting it would be something of a travesty to bastardise and conceal an object as beautifully crafted as a St Crispin sole. A good and conscientious cobbler might similarly baulk at the idea. I, having never owned such an expensive shoe, cannot comment on this, but I have also never seen the need to glue rubber to a nice leather sole.

I was being sarcastic, lol. The method is identical. Just more of the "don't put a rubber on your leather sole" talk. I'm a big fan of putting a rubber topy on the sole.
post #18088 of 19046
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post


So do you think they can handle an AE,C&J, or Carmina sole?

 

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What products can I use on this shiny/corrected grain(?)/bookbinder(??) leather?

 

Would conditioners like Lexol and Bick4 penetrate at all, or does this kind of leather have essentially a plastic coating on it?  All my other shoes are straight calf leather, so I have no experience of the shiny stuff.

 

What about my usual Saphir creams and waxes - would they work on this stuff?

 

I think these shoes date from the ealy 1990s so they would appreciate some TLC.

post #18090 of 19046

"Whatever you like" would be the obvious answer. :lol:

 

I'm not being snobby here - I have CG shoes too.  Just clean them with a damp cloth, brush them and use normal polish.  If you want to condition the leather, depending on the finish there might be a limit to how much it can absorb through the polished side.  But one thing I usually do with a leather conditioner (I use Renapur myself) is have a little wipe around the inside of the shoe too.  That stuff really spreads into the leather, so I figure if I do both sides, it will absorb through the lining as well as or instead of through the outer surface.  Shoes seem to be lasting and staying supple anyway.

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