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Originally Posted by Tesla View Post

So it seems my left foot is smaller than my right one, since the left shoe is showing awful creases and the right one almost none,

what do you do guys to compensate this? what is the best thing to do?

You should definitely consider adding an insole to the left shoe. This will have some effect to minimize the magnitude of the creasing.

Although as stated above - the location of creases is determined largely by the mechanics of your feet.

If the difference between your feet is substantial you might do well to order MTO in separate sizes or try bespoke.
post #3752 of 12474
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Originally Posted by ezlau View Post

Chris Crat, what maker are those shoes you polished in your video? Lobbs? Looks beautiful.
Thanks!
The pair I'm polishing are Crockett handgrades actually.
post #3753 of 12474
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post


Hey Gerry, depends on the color, but I've used cordovan cream polish (I know, I know, you're not supposed to use cream) on my #8 (Alden boot cream) and brown (Saphir cognac cordovan cream) and they work fine to darken the shell a few shades. Just as always, thin coats. Wax polish also works fine but I find the cordovan creams to have more color.

Boots I've used cream on (note they are not Alden so they do not have that glossy finish shell):
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Thanks for that - much appreciated!

post #3754 of 12474
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Originally Posted by Crat View Post

Thanks!
The pair I'm polishing are Crockett handgrades actually.

Excellent shine video and beuatiful shoes!
post #3755 of 12474
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Originally Posted by Christian B View Post


Excellent shine video and beuatiful shoes!

 

I agree. The video is well done and you've got a good voice for voiceovers as well.

post #3756 of 12474
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

 

 

Why?  It works.

 

Also, acetone and bleach works as well for creating a real patina instead of the cream painted meh.  Not for the feint hearted shoe collectors.

So would just putting that liquid muck with the built in sponge on your shoes if you're looking for time saving methods. I like to take my time; it's like meditation.

Now excuse me I've got a chateaubriand in the microwave

post #3757 of 12474
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

I agree. The video is well done and you've got a good voice for voiceovers as well.

Yep, I actually tried it out and had gone from a very good shine to a mirror shine after about 5 minutes as a result of go to this method of shining.
post #3758 of 12474
Thanks, Christian and Gerry.
Its really just to explain the technique I use which is just endless repetition of the steps in the vid. I'm glad you like it and find it useful smile.gif


A member of my native forum used dark brown saphir cordovan cream on his boots which had this effect over the years.

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2012

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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

Now excuse me I've got a chateaubriand in the microwave
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post #3759 of 12474
That was a very helpful video, Crat, and very well done. Thank you!
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If I can't find any edge dressing available locally, what would be a good alternative for the sole edges? neutral polish?
post #3761 of 12474
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Originally Posted by alco View Post

If I can't find any edge dressing available locally, what would be a good alternative for the sole edges? neutral polish?
I tend to use polish although it wont help the edges retain their colour in the long term. If you can get hold of some leather dye (Saphir teinture francaise) you can use that to re-colour the edges after which you can use some polish to get a shine. I'd use polish in the same colour as the sole's edge.
post #3762 of 12474
Great video Chris!
post #3763 of 12474
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

 

 

Why?  It works.

 

Also, acetone and bleach works as well for creating a real patina instead of the cream painted meh.  Not for the feint hearted shoe collectors.

 

To each their own, I suppose.  I think it is similar to the concept behind antique furniture.  True antique furniture was once new and has become beautiful over time through proper care and use.  People who don't want to wait will buy new furniture and "distress" it to create a fake antiqued look.  Distressed furniture can be beautiful at first glance, but at the end of the day it is still an imitation of actual beauty.  Personally, I'd rather watch great things age naturally, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

post #3764 of 12474
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

To each their own, I suppose.  I think it is similar to the concept behind antique furniture.  True antique furniture was once new and has become beautiful over time through proper care and use.  People who don't want to wait will buy new furniture and "distress" it to create a fake antiqued look.  Distressed furniture can be beautiful at first glance, but at the end of the day it is still an imitation of actual beauty.  Personally, I'd rather watch great things age naturally, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 


Well put, my good sir :)

post #3765 of 12474
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Originally Posted by Crat View Post

I tend to use polish although it wont help the edges retain their colour in the long term. If you can get hold of some leather dye (Saphir teinture francaise) you can use that to re-colour the edges after which you can use some polish to get a shine. I'd use polish in the same colour as the sole's edge.

Not sure where you are located by AE edge dressing with free shipping and very decent prices seems hard to beat.
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