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post #4216 of 12255
Sounds fun. You give me some guidance and I'll wax on wax off. I was thinking some darker brown to add some depth mixed in with some merlot. Maybe even some navy. Do you do a patina/antiquing treatment with dye, cream, or wax? If left to my own devices, I'd try some cream and wax in different colors but I'm open to advice/suggestions.
post #4217 of 12255
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

Correct. The cap is slightly on the big side for this pair. The toe puff only goes half a way (of the cap)

I see, thanks. Nice shine
post #4218 of 12255
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

Polished
@ Brift H, Tokyo

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They're ready for some action

 

Now that's what I call a shine! Nice job!

post #4219 of 12255
Hi everyone, I really need help. My sidezips look horrible atm, I don't know why. I didn't wear them for like 3 months, I cleaned them some weeks ago, I think I may have done something wrong - not sure tho. They were distressed before but now they just look very horrible, totally distressed and dry. Please tell me what I can do to make them look good again :/
I always used shoe trees!

post #4220 of 12255
Looks like poor quality leather might be a reason.
post #4221 of 12255
I'm not an expert, but this is Margiela and while it maybe isn't the best out there, it's far from being poor I guess. I also have couple of other leather shoes, that are much lower quality and don't look that bad.
post #4222 of 12255
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Originally Posted by cdmcallister View Post

Sounds fun. You give me some guidance and I'll wax on wax off. I was thinking some darker brown to add some depth mixed in with some merlot. Maybe even some navy. Do you do a patina/antiquing treatment with dye, cream, or wax? If left to my own devices, I'd try some cream and wax in different colors but I'm open to advice/suggestions.

 

If you want to go the polish route, I've had luck with creams, but it will take some layering, and you will have to somewhat force the pigment into the leather. Dye is more aggressive, but, in that, it's also a lot less forgiving. I'd reserve the latter for an expert hand or a hand that's practiced on a pair of beaters.

post #4223 of 12255
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I do wish they had made it so you could take the laces out without messing up the tassels.


Usually it is nothing more than a small knot on the end holding it on. You can untie the lace or snip the knot and retie. Eventually you need new laces if you keep snipping smile.gif
post #4224 of 12255
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Usually it is nothing more than a small knot on the end holding it on. You can untie the lace or snip the knot and retie. Eventually you need new laces if you keep snipping smile.gif

 

Yeah, that would have been great, but, on this pair, it was stitched through the end of the laces. I cut the stitching, meanin I would have to restitch.

post #4225 of 12255
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Usually it is nothing more than a small knot on the end holding it on. You can untie the lace or snip the knot and retie. Eventually you need new laces if you keep snipping smile.gif

It would have been nice if it were a simple knot.

 

But it appears as the leather tassel is a strip of leather wrapped around the lace a number of times and then tacked or sewn onto the lace itself.

post #4226 of 12255
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It was a fun little project.

 

Now, I've usually thought it best to be descriptive enough to give an idea of your process without getting too bogged down in the details. Some people don't plan on copying it and will be satisfied. Some people only need a nudge to go their own way. Anyone who needs a more involved guide can ask questions. When I'm on the other side, I usually just like the nudge. Then, I just work up the confidence to just go for it.

 

(I learned that I need to spend more time on picture setup/lighting if I plan on sharing them in the future.)

 

I can't wait to see how yours turn out. Do you have a specific direction in mind? Are you just trying to restore, or are you looking to refinish?

 

You got me thinking about dyeing me Lobbs...btw: Well executed project.

post #4227 of 12255
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

If you want to go the polish route, I've had luck with creams, but it will take some layering, and you will have to somewhat force the pigment into the leather. Dye is more aggressive, but, in that, it's also a lot less forgiving. I'd reserve the latter for an expert hand or a hand that's practiced on a pair of beaters.

I'm all for layering some creams and see what we can accomplish. I'd love to be able to get an effect like these G&G's:

 

 

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Or even darker like these:

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I'm planning on conditioning the leather tonight and then I will post pics of what we're starting with.

post #4228 of 12255
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Originally Posted by cdmcallister View Post

I'm thinking on what I want to do. Part of me wants to try to mimic Gdot's "Italian Polish" he shared a hundred or so pages ago and part of me just wants to go classic Merlot PA's. Either way they'll have mirror finish toe caps.

Any thoughts on the direction to go?

My 'Italian Polish' which consisted of multiple layers of cream polish rubbed firmly into the leather proved to be rather 'fugitive'. It makes for a great way to develop patina quickly but do be prepared for the color to move around a bit. Particularly getting lighter in the creases. Rather like the 'crust' finish that G&G and EG tends to use in their patinated shoes.

Not saying I'm unhappy about it - but do want you to know what you are getting into.
post #4229 of 12255
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post


My 'Italian Polish' which consisted of multiple layers of cream polish rubbed firmly into the leather proved to be rather 'fugitive'. It makes for a great way to develop patina quickly but do be prepared for the color to move around a bit. Particularly getting lighter in the creases. Rather like the 'crust' finish that G&G and EG tends to use in their patinated shoes.

Not saying I'm unhappy about it - but do want you to know what you are getting into.

Thanks Gdot.

 

I think I've decided these bargain PA's are going to be a testing canvas for me (an anyone else who wants to chime in with suggestions) to see what's possible. Let's start trying to get a faux G&G similar to what you did with the Italian Polish and if I like it, I'l l keep it for a while. If not, strip them down and start anew.

post #4230 of 12255
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Originally Posted by cdmcallister View Post

Thanks Gdot.

I think I've decided these bargain PA's are going to be a testing canvas for me (an anyone else who wants to chime in with suggestions) to see what's possible. Let's start trying to get a faux G&G similar to what you did with the Italian Polish and if I like it, I'l l keep it for a while. If not, strip them down and start anew.

Cool beans. I luvs me a 'xperiment.
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