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post #18826 of 19067
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Originally Posted by benf View Post


The general view amongst owners of G&Gs (I've a few) is that
- brushing is important
- conditioner is to be used sparingly (ie not every time)
- cream is better than wax
- some only use wax to create a mirror shine

Frequency depends on:
- quality and type of leather
- finishing
- amount of wear

Hope this helps.

 

Really?  I find EG and G&G calf leather to be very receptive to pigment and thus I rarely use the more pigment-laden cream waxes in favor of colored paste or neutral cream.

post #18827 of 19067
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Really?  I find EG and G&G calf leather to be very receptive to pigment and thus I rarely use the more pigment-laden cream waxes in favor of colored paste or neutral cream.
Roger, I stand corrected. What I meant was neutral cream
post #18828 of 19067
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Originally Posted by benf View Post


Roger, I stand corrected. What I meant was neutral cream


Ah - understood and agreed.

post #18829 of 19067
Does anyone know where I can purchase Redenbach soles and heels online in the US? My current cobbler does good work and says if I bring in the soles/heels when it's time for repair he can put on whatever I prefer.

I've been able to find one place in the UK that can send them to me, but shipping is pretty horrible. I believe anywhere in country would be preferable.


Thanks gents.
post #18830 of 19067

Question seeking answer:

Hi, I bought a pair of oxfords and found a defect. But I'm not knowledgeable about its severity. Should I return them? If I keep them should I have them fixed now or later?

 

The problem is caused by the small stitches on both sides at the bottom of the lace parts near the throat of the vamp. As they are close to the edge the leather is ripped.

 

Thank you

 

post #18831 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post

That may be the case for you.....
I'm hearing more and more that the cost of factory re-crafting (not all but several and, I don't care to mention company names) has gotten beyond what customers are willing to pay.

My guess this is on purpose. I would imagine they don't really want to devote resources to re-crafts.
post #18832 of 19067
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Originally Posted by robxznyc View Post

Question seeking answer:
Hi, I bought a pair of oxfords and found a defect. But I'm not knowledgeable about its severity. Should I return them? If I keep them should I have them fixed now or later?

The problem is caused by the small stitches on both sides at the bottom of the lace parts near the throat of the vamp. As they are close to the edge the leather is ripped.

Thank you




Return.
post #18833 of 19067
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Return.

Only answer.
post #18834 of 19067
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My guess this is on purpose. I would imagine they don't really want to devote resources to re-crafts.

Although I was never told this directly (by any reliable company sources) many customers have been sensing this ^.
post #18835 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post


Although I was never told this directly (by any reliable company sources) many customers have been sensing this ^.


I believe AE's CEO has stated that re-crafting is not very profitable for them.  They seem to be combatting this by offering deep discounts regularly that makes replacing vs re-crafting a real consideration to the consumer.

post #18836 of 19067
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post
 


I believe AE's CEO has stated that re-crafting is not very profitable for them.  They seem to be combatting this by offering deep discounts regularly that makes replacing vs re-crafting a real consideration to the consumer.

 

Then sadly this undercuts their very selling point. Why sell a resoleable shoe at all if they want their customers to replace? Short-termism: they are going down the path of JM and Florsheim.

post #18837 of 19067
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Originally Posted by starro View Post
 

 

Then sadly this undercuts their very selling point. Why sell a resoleable shoe at all if they want their customers to replace? Short-termism: they are going down the path of JM and Florsheim.


Well to be fair, I don't see it quite that way.  What they're doing is making the option of replacement more appealing, at least to those who know to look for the sales.  Instead of refurbish for $125 or replace for $395, you might want to consider replace for ~$230-270 range and sell your old pair on eBay further closing the gap.

post #18838 of 19067
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Originally Posted by ace13x View Post


Well to be fair, I don't see it quite that way.  What they're doing is making the option of replacement more appealing, at least to those who know to look for the sales.  Instead of refurbish for $125 or replace for $395, you might want to consider replace for ~$230-270 range and sell your old pair on eBay further closing the gap.

I beg to differ. They offer these discounts to the general public, not targeted specifically at people who are looking to resole their shoes.

Plus if the shoes need a resole, then I don't think they would fetch much on eBay

Plus one of the reasons I opt for a resole is that it's more environmentally friendly
post #18839 of 19067

Just a thought. I have 16 pairs of shoes, many of them very good quality. On the whole, though, I would probably prefer it if I had bought 4 pairs of top quality ones. 

post #18840 of 19067

Quite frankly I don't personally see much of a point in the factory refurbishment, assuming you've been taking care of your shoes. So maybe on that point I'm for the shoe companies fazing out refurbishment. 

 

Brush, polish, and condition; get a competent cobbler to take care of the soles and heels; and let the factory do what it does best: make new shoes.

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