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I have done exactly this. Take a piece of leather, cut it to shape and use it as a shoe insert. Works geart. Not sure it has much effect on sweaty feet. I find loose fitting shoes help with that, up to the limit of how loose they can be.

Most recently I experimented with getting the leather molded to my feet. I saturated the insert with conditioner until it was wet. Then put it in the shoe and went for a walk. I could feel it squishing down as I walked. Before too long I suppose I squeezed the conditioner out and the inserts firmed up a bit. When I got back from the walk they were deeply molded to my feet.

It took a couple of days for them to dry out completely. Now I have a truly custom molded insert.

The extra conditioner went into the insole, I suppose, and the water eventually evaporated. It worked so well I made a second pair and now rotate them.

They do not have holes, but if I were concerned about sweating I might punch holes in them so there was air rather than leather agianst part of the soles of my feet.

Nice thing about it, if you don't like the result, just throw them away.
Edited by dbhdnhdbh - 4/19/16 at 2:48am
post #18122 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Pierson v Post View Post

Any suggestions how to remove this Sharpie name that someone wrote on these nearly new AE's?

Don't worry about it? It is only visible when the shoes are off and the trees are out.

You could try the various cleaners, acetone, Renomat, etc. An ink eraser? But perhaps do more harm than good.
Edited by dbhdnhdbh - 4/19/16 at 2:48am
post #18123 of 19083
Exactly what I was thinking, don't worry bout it. Plus your foot sweat will eventually wear that marker down to nothing.
post #18124 of 19083
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Don't worry about it? It is only visible when the shoes are off and the trees are out.

You could try the various cleaners, acetone, Renomat, etc. Ank ink eraser? But perhpas do more harm than good.


I'm selling them, so my feet won't be sweating in them anytime soon.  I'll try acetone.

post #18125 of 19083
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Thank you for describing all of this for me, as well as other thread readers. I have no good reason for doing anything other than learn and save my pennies for a bit to buy a bespoke pair of shoes or boots.

Good to you....When you get around taking on this project would you mind sharing you're experience with us from start to end? Dollars, fit, satisfaction, value?
post #18126 of 19083
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Good to you....When you get around taking on this project would you mind sharing you're experience with us from start to end? Dollars, fit, satisfaction, value?

I will do so... Thank you for the interest!
post #18127 of 19083


Guys, Please please please tell me that this is fixable. I grabbed my carmina for a shine today and noticed some big leftover water stain on my shoe. I dont even know when i got it (must be a few days back when i wore them, either normal water or my sweat) and now it looks like its deepen into the leather. Is there anyway i can fix this? Only wore them one time :'(
Edited by Win545 - 4/15/16 at 2:16am
post #18128 of 19083
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Guys, Please please please tell me that this is fixable. I grabbed my carmina for a shine today and noticed some big leftover water stain on my shoe. I dont even know when i got it (must be a few days back when i wore them, either normal water or my sweat) and now it looks like its deepen into the leather. Is there anyway i can fix this? Only wore them one time :'(

  Sorry for making it worse for you but i dont think this is a water stain!!! it is more like oil stain (either you have stained them or the stitching machine from factory)!! i think you ll go with vinegar ( 2/3 water +1/3 white distilled vinegar) and see if this ll work or either go with a more harsh dedicated product!!

 

i would go with the vinegar and see if i can cover it up with polish!

post #18129 of 19083

Question: Do shoes lose the mirror shine at the toes if I use waterproof spray? 

post #18130 of 19083
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  Sorry for making it worse for you but i dont think this is a water stain!!! it is more like oil stain (either you have stained them or the stitching machine from factory)!! i think you ll go with vinegar ( 2/3 water +1/3 white distilled vinegar) and see if this ll work or either go with a more harsh dedicated product!!

 

i would go with the vinegar and see if i can cover it up with polish!

 

+1 I'd probably try a couple separate sessions with the vinegar solution maybe more if it looks like it is helping.  I have to force myself to be patient and remember that it isn't always one-and-done when it comes to things like this...

post #18131 of 19083
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

  Sorry for making it worse for you but i dont think this is a water stain!!! it is more like oil stain (either you have stained them or the stitching machine from factory)!! i think you ll go with vinegar ( 2/3 water +1/3 white distilled vinegar) and see if this ll work or either go with a more harsh dedicated product!!

i would go with the vinegar and see if i can cover it up with polish!

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+1 I'd probably try a couple separate sessions with the vinegar solution maybe more if it looks like it is helping.  I have to force myself to be patient and remember that it isn't always one-and-done when it comes to things like this...

Thank you for your advice. I have tried the 2/3 water 1/3 vinegar today. The spot got a bit lighter but still noticeable since the color of the shoes is not that dark. Might try to increase more vinegar concentration for my next attempt.
post #18132 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Win545 View Post



Guys, Please please please tell me that this is fixable. I grabbed my carmina for a shine today and noticed some big leftover water stain on my shoe. I dont even know when i got it (must be a few days back when i wore them, either normal water or my sweat) and now it looks like its deepen into the leather. Is there anyway i can fix this? Only wore them one time :'(
First of all, it's not that big of a deal. The shoes look quite new, so I understand it's a bummer getting a stain this early on, but the stain is in a spot where it's not going to show so much that it should bother you too much. If spot cleaning with vinegar doesn't work, to get the stain out completely, I would use a leather schampoo like Saphir Omni'nettoyant, Shoeboys Combischaum or such, but then you would have to treat that whole part of the shoe (from the heel seem to the facing).
post #18133 of 19083

Hi,

 

This is my first posting here and keen to get involved with shoe repair and care and get some feedback on my efforts.  I have a lovely old pair of walking boots that have been maltreated (by yours truly I admit) for hard hill walking and decorating.  Rather than throwing these out, I thought it would be a good project to renovate them.  There are three serious problems with these boots;

 

1) There are really deep and broad scuffs which have taken off the layers of finish and it's back to the raw leather.

2) There's splashes of dried paint on them.

3) There are some cracks as a result of the leather drying in a couple of places and there are a few cuts.

 

I've done a bit research and reading (mainly here and on ShoeSnob) and have come to formulate the following procedure for bringing these boots back to life;

 

1) Use rubbing alchohol and/or acetone to get the paint off.  May need to use a mild abrasive to rub the paint off, e.g. a green scratcher.  (I have softer less abrasive versions of these (white, grey) which I use for woodwork finishing.)

2) Use Saphir Renomat to strip back the polish and make the boot even in colour.

3) Use a colourant dye to restore the colour.

4) Use a leather cream to soften the cracks and scratches.

5) Wax polish.

 

Have I missed anything?  Is there something more I could do for the scuffs and scratches apart from leather cream?

 

Pictures to follow.

 

Thanks!

David.

 

 

 

post #18134 of 19083
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Originally Posted by nqtri View Post
 

Question: Do shoes lose the mirror shine at the toes if I use waterproof spray? 

 

  No they wont!(dont spray it too close) on the other hand you dont need to apply waterproofing spray on mirror shine toes cause they are already waterproofed by the wax :nodding:

post #18135 of 19083
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

  Sorry for making it worse for you but i dont think this is a water stain!!! it is more like oil stain (either you have stained them or the stitching machine from factory)!! i think you ll go with vinegar ( 2/3 water +1/3 white distilled vinegar) and see if this ll work or either go with a more harsh dedicated product!!

i would go with the vinegar and see if i can cover it up with polish!

Water vinegar doesn't do anything to water stain; if it has any effect the same thing could be done with acetone or other cleaners.

Water stain is permenant especially with light color leathers.
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