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Interesting. I wonder why - seems to make more sense to have a solid heel made of one "layer" (or two if a leather heel + rubber on the bottom) = easier to construct and more durable than several stacked on each other ...

Well there are all sorts of reasons why I believe a stacked leather heel is superior--Tradition, stability at height, adaptability to bottom contours, angles, shapes, width and length variation, maximizing resources, durability, as well as the ability (in the right hands) to repair / replace worn lifts without damaging the outsole or upper.

Also a stacked leather heel can be securely mounted on a good leather outsole with wooden pegs...obviating the need for nails driven into and clinched on the insole. And all the long term damage that goes along with iron exposed to salt water.
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^^ for kentyman's sharp observation wink.gif
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I have a pair of boots with horse hair lining. Does this require any special care? Are shoe trees sufficient?

 

And for shoes with pony hair on the outside vamp: are they more or less waterproof than regular leather?

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Just a friendly reminder to people living in snowy areas:

 

Not sure if this is limited to the Chicago area, but whatever chemicals they put on salt completely destroyed my boots.  I noticed leather fibers rubbing off as I wiped them down.  :satisfied:  Keep in mind, these boots have been Sno-seal'd at least every other months.

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Leather fibers rubbing off? Post pictures. Generally vinegar gets out salt stains, but in general, yes salt is one of the ultimate enemies of leather.
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Any highly industrialized urban area will have smog--sulfur, lead, cadmium & other heavy metals as well as various hydro-carbons in the air.

Rain in such areas ends up being a dilute form of sulfuric acid. Not strong enough to burn your skin obviously but strong enough to eat away at marble statues and so forth. Draw your own conclusions.

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Edited by DWFII - 1/6/14 at 10:58am
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Leather fibers rubbing off? Post pictures. Generally vinegar gets out salt stains, but in general, yes salt is one of the ultimate enemies of leather.

http://i.imgur.com/M4ieOR9.jpg

 

Terrible pic

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Originally Posted by themonster View Post

Just a friendly reminder to people living in snowy areas:
Not sure if this is limited to the Chicago area, but whatever chemicals they put on salt completely destroyed my boots.  I noticed leather fibers rubbing off as I wiped them down.  satisfied.gif   Keep in mind, these boots have been Sno-seal'd at least every other months.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Leather fibers rubbing off? Post pictures. Generally vinegar gets out salt stains, but in general, yes salt is one of the ultimate enemies of leather.
I live in MI now so I am definitely experiencing the snowfall! I lived in NYC though, which probably used as much salt as Chi-town, but none of my boots (C&J, Tricker's, AS) were affected to the point of "fibers rubbing off;" they were Sno Sealed. The sneaky killer is the next few weeks after the snow. When the snow melts or when it rains and the liquid mixes with the salt, I found that more damaging because it soaked into my shoes. Fortunately I don't have to deal with for a while with the 18+ inches outside my office...
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http://i.imgur.com/M4ieOR9.jpg

Terrible pic

Can't really discern anything from that photo. It just looks to me that it took of the finishing on the leather, not "leather fibers".
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So every pair of dress shoes I've ever owned always make the back of my heels
hurt when wearing them. They'll feel fine for about 10 minutes, then it starts to
annoy me. The top of the shoe always presses into the back of my foot is the
best way I can describe it. I own a few pairs of 11.5's and a few 12's and they've
always done this, whether new or old. I have two Florsheim's (one new, one old),
a Joseph Abboud (new), a pair of AE's (old) and a pair of Nunn Bush (old) and they
all do it. Granted, none of them are super high end shoes, but they're not cheap
Walmart shoes either. Is it just irritating because I wear tennis shoes most days?
Something I need to get used to? Or does the back of the shoe need to be broken
in a certain way? Perhaps there's an insert I can get...I'm really at a loss. Any ideas
would be great. Thanks guys!

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My guess is you don't wear them with enough frequency for your heel skin to get accustomed to it. Like you said maybe your feet that have been shrouded in plush cotton and synthetics are just hypersensitive?

Or it could be that you have been buying shoes that don't fit. Maybe post pics of your feet in them.
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So do people's feet develop calluses to combat that over time?

 

 

The lighting in my office makes my socks look blue, oddly enough.

These are the old pair of Florsheim's.

 

Is this the kind of picture you'd need?

 

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So do people's feet develop calluses to combat that over time?

Yes.

I wore nothing but "cowboy" boots for the better part of 40 years. When I started making shoes, I started wearing them. They rubbed the back of my heel enough to create blisters. I put a bandaid on it and toughed it out. Now I'm perfectly comfortable in the same shoes all day.

You're not going to get a callus on the back of your heel but the skin will thicken a little and become tougher.

There are people all over the world that don't wear any shoes at all despite traveling in rough country. Imagine what the bottom of their feet look like.
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Yes.

I wore nothing but "cowboy" boots for the better part of 40 years. When I started making shoes, I started wearing them. They rubbed the back of my heel enough to create blisters. I put a bandaid on it and toughed it out. Now I'm perfectly comfortable in the same shoes all day.

You're not going to get a callus on the back of your heel but the skin will thicken a little and become tougher.

There are people all over the world that don't wear any shoes at all despite traveling in rough country. Imagine what the bottom of their feet look like.

You make your own shoes?

 

A bandaid...simple; smart. I wasn't sure if it was a common thing or if I was just buying
the wrong kind of shoes. I guess I'll just have to wear them more often. Thanks, man.

 

And yeah...I was like that as a kid. I never wore shoes. I could have probably walked
on broken glass and not cut my feet back then.

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