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post #196 of 10697
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I get heel taps on everything. Yesteday one fell off and I was in a funk all day. You get so used to them being there.

Do shoe manufacturers ever refuse to recraft their own brand of shoes because the customer added heel taps?
post #197 of 10697
No, they would only possibly refuse if you got them resoled by somebody else.
post #198 of 10697
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Installed Plastic Tap on a new pair of C&J for BBBF saddles

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I'd like to know how you get on with these.

There's an interesting video on The London Lounge, that shows a craftsman fitting flush mounted toe protectors. Both C&J and JL can do this for you. Found it:

http://www.vimeo.com/18063129

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Way of the mirror, Lear. Way of the mirror.

The code by which I live. On the other hand, fitting metal heel guards (considering this) will be the code by which I slip and die.
post #199 of 10697
I unfortunately stumbled down a concrete set of stairs and my left shoe took the brunt of the damage in me catching myself. How would you guys rectify the situation? Polish? Conditioner? Buff? I really like these shoes and would like to restore them.

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post #200 of 10697
you got it. Get a good similarly colored polish and have at it. The damage is done and there's almost nothing you can do to get rid of the scrapes. But they'll blend in with time.
post #201 of 10697
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Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post

you got it. Get a good similarly colored polish and have at it. The damage is done and there's almost nothing you can do to get rid of the scrapes. But they'll blend in with time.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I get heel taps on everything. Yesteday one fell off and I was in a funk all day. You get so used to them being there.

same here. I was on a business trip recently and I realized my dress shoe was missing the nails from the plastic toe and heel taps. I could not wear them until I had a local cobbler put the nails in. The taps are a must for me
post #202 of 10697
Thanks guys, that's what I thought and planned to do but wasn't sure if there was another product that I was missed. I already own the polish, but have never had that much of a scuff/scratch on my shoe. Maybe I should have just taken the dive...I was wearing jeans that day and only 2 steps from the bottom.
post #203 of 10697
How does one deal with pebbles and small rocks on the road? Unless I am checking out the pavement 24/7 I'll sometimes step into rocks andpebbles that will dig into and indent my rubber heel, although the leather sole absorbs it fine. I feel this shortens the amount of time I'll need a hell replacement. Is there a way to restore this with that spray thing? OR is this just something to deal with.
post #204 of 10697
Quick polishing question...I have a pair of Alden Indy boots in the deep brown (can't remember the exact name) and used some boot conditioner (made by Alden looks neutral color pretty creamy texture) on the boot. After I buffed the cream off a few hrs later there was obviously dry conditioner in the small cracks where the boot is broken in and they are a pain to clean out. What do you guys do recommend for care and maintenance of the Indy boot? Thanks.
post #205 of 10697
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Originally Posted by splatkid10 View Post

Quick polishing question...I have a pair of Alden Indy boots in the deep brown (can't remember the exact name) and used some boot conditioner (made by Alden looks neutral color pretty creamy texture) on the boot. After I buffed the cream off a few hrs later there was obviously dry conditioner in the small cracks where the boot is broken in and they are a pain to clean out. What do you guys do recommend for care and maintenance of the Indy boot? Thanks.


I don't like to treat my Indys too gently (I actually regret polishing them in the first place, now I just use conditioner), but if you're really concerned I would use a toothbrush for that purpose.  

post #206 of 10697
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How does one deal with pebbles and small rocks on the road? Unless I am checking out the pavement 24/7 I'll sometimes step into rocks andpebbles that will dig into and indent my rubber heel, although the leather sole absorbs it fine. I feel this shortens the amount of time I'll need a hell replacement. Is there a way to restore this with that spray thing? OR is this just something to deal with.

Stop worrying about it. You could put some heel taps in, but that won't stop what you are concerned about. You could also stop walking on the shoes. Heel replacements don't really cost that much so relax and learn to love it.
post #207 of 10697
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Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post

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How does one deal with pebbles and small rocks on the road? Unless I am checking out the pavement 24/7 I'll sometimes step into rocks andpebbles that will dig into and indent my rubber heel, although the leather sole absorbs it fine. I feel this shortens the amount of time I'll need a hell replacement. Is there a way to restore this with that spray thing? OR is this just something to deal with.

Stop worrying about it. You could put some heel taps in, but that won't stop what you are concerned about. You could also stop walking on the shoes. Heel replacements don't really cost that much so relax and learn to love it.

+1. at the end of the day you are wearing shoes on a dirty fucking concrete, asphalt, piss ridden bathroom floors, etc.
post #208 of 10697
Under the 'Maintenance' portion of this thread, I sucessfully decontaminated and lightened an old severely musty pair of Florsheim Kenmoors.
Here's a sort of 'Before and After' photo.

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The full saga is here: http://www.styleforum.net/forum/thread/260103/treating-musty-moldy-leather-what-works-for-you
DISCLAIMER- Do not do this at home unless you have some experience with both leather and bleach. If you try this, you do so at your own risk and peril.
Enjoy.
post #209 of 10697
Does anyone know if this mark on my AE strands is fixable? It is subtle, subtle enough that I didn't even notice it when I first got them until I gave them a good polishing. I took some pics before when I first got the shoes and the mark it seems was always there when I bought them at the AE store last month. I think the walnut polish made it more noticable compared to when it was new. Unfortunately I had already worn them a bit before I caught it.

Or is this something not worth fretting over?

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post #210 of 10697
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Originally Posted by acousticfoodie View Post

Does anyone know if this mark on my AE strands is fixable? It is subtle, subtle enough that I didn't even notice it when I first got them until I gave them a good polishing. I took some pics before when I first got the shoes and the mark it seems was always there when I bought them at the AE store last month. I think the walnut polish made it more noticable compared to when it was new. Unfortunately I had already worn them a bit before I caught it.

Or is this something not worth fretting over?

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I couldn't even see the mark in the first photo, and since most people probably won't get that close to your shoes, I'd say the shoes are fine the way they are. Ultimately, though, it's your decision whether you can live with it or not. As for fixing it, you might try some cream instead of wax to see if that works better for you.
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