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Indeed. This is what I thought as well, but he claims "Those aren't bite or claw marks, just the standard wear seen on the
heels of used boots, which these were listed as."
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Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'm going to see what I can do with them tonight and post more pics.

this happens when you hold the boot down with the other boot to get out of it. been there, done that, sh.t happens sometimes more often. actually, it is standard wear.
post #2432 of 11928
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Originally Posted by hikari013 View Post

Indeed. This is what I thought as well, but he claims "Those aren't bite or claw marks, just the standard wear seen on the
heels of used boots, which these were listed as."
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Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'm going to see what I can do with them tonight and post more pics.

That is in no way standard wear on used boots. None of mine have anything near to that. I would unleash the wrath of ebay on his chewed up ass.
post #2433 of 11928
Thanks everybody for the advice.

I don't have a deer bone, so I rubbed down the leather with a shoe horn for lack of a better tool and applied a coat of reno. I also put some pigmented shoe creme on the stacked heel to smooth that out.

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Its not perfect yet, but I think its getting better. I'm going to try another coat of creme on the heel and maybe some polish on the leather itself to try to smooth out the nicks.
post #2434 of 11928
polish is cosmetic.

as much as we are told that leather is "alive", it is not. It is dead. Like your hair.

Nothing you put on it is going to repair actual damage. It might make it look better though.
post #2435 of 11928
Id' lightly sand the heel stack, and recolour. Will smooth out very well.
post #2436 of 11928
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Originally Posted by hikari013 View Post

Thanks everybody for the advice.
I don't have a deer bone, so I rubbed down the leather with a shoe horn for lack of a better tool and applied a coat of reno. I also put some pigmented shoe creme on the stacked heel to smooth that out.
dca75c1a.jpg
Its not perfect yet, but I think its getting better. I'm going to try another coat of creme on the heel and maybe some polish on the leather itself to try to smooth out the nicks.

I'd polish the heals as well. With enough coats the polish will fill in all the little holes and the heal will look just fine.

Luckily the damaged area on the leather is in a location that is not going to crack from flexing. Once the polish has accumulated to the point that the scratches are filled in the effect will be fairly stable.
post #2437 of 11928
Don't sand it. That is horrible advise. Use wax polish to fill that it and like I said do the mirror shine technique. Adding the water is what helps push the wax into the leather.
post #2438 of 11928
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Don't sand it. That is horrible advise.

Nothing wrong with sanding the heel (but not the upper leather). After all, heels and sole edges get sanded in the factory or workshop. Just be careful not to slip, adding additional scratches to the upper leather. For protection you can tape the upper section off using masking tape.

Alternatively use a craft blade, hold it flat to the heel and scrape.
post #2439 of 11928
I was talking about the uppers. The heel, of course, would be ok.
post #2440 of 11928
What's the best way to take care of gum soles?
post #2441 of 11928
I hear that you can use peanut butter to get gum off of soles.
post #2442 of 11928
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I was talking about the uppers. The heel, of course, would be ok.

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post #2443 of 11928
Use a piece of ice to freeze the gum and then scrape it off. Much cleaner than peanut butter!

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post #2444 of 11928
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

I'd polish the heals as well. With enough coats the polish will fill in all the little holes and the heal will look just fine.

The Saphir Edge Dressing would actually work much better than polish. Polish can rub off onto furniture, etc. The Creme Renovator Repair Cream is just pigment and resin. It will fill in the holes, dry, and then never come off.

You could certainly also sand it and then use a edge dressing dye. But I would definitely not use shoe polish.

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post #2445 of 11928
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post

What's the best way to take care of gum soles?

I.e cleaning and maintainng gum soles?

Do you mean crepe soles?

Would be interested in this too, though would think soapy water and a brush would be your best bet.
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