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Someone sells Crockett and Jones shoe trees in a uk7??id be interested in buying CJ shoe trees uk7 thanks
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Originally Posted by NeedStyleHelp View Post

Thanks for the response. I guess you can gather I don't know much.

If it makes sense, I'm referring to the plastic toe taps. Was just doing some reading and saw a lot of recommendations for them.

I'll try and take better pictures tomorrow. Maybe I'll drop by the cobbler and ask his opinion. I appreciate your answers.

For what it's worth I have my cobbler put on rubber vibram soles on all my shoes. I dislike the heel taps as I slide on them and I think it puts an unnecesary arch on the sole and was giving me bowing issues around the topline. They aren't loved by many purists but for me $20 every year or two beats a full resole and the added traction is a plus.

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Originally Posted by Odd I/O View Post

Any update on this issue?

I was planning on getting some Vass in antique cognac and I have some Saphir mid-brown wax polish I was going to use so this is concerning to me. I'm surprised that a wax would leave such a dark/black dis-colouration as usually it's the creams that have the higher pigment content.

The black marks are still there. I'm going to try to remove them with renomat. It's on order.

I was also surprised that the wax had this effect. I first mixed cognac and mid-brown cream to polish the entire upper. That resulted in a nice shine with no discoloration. I wanted a higher gloss on the toe, so I very lightly applied 2 coats of mid-brown wax. When I buffed after the 2nd coat, the black marks immediately appeared.

If I were to do it again, I would only apply cognac cream or neutral cream and wax.
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Originally Posted by MisterFu View Post

Hello SF shoe care experts. I have a two part question:

I recently picked up a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperials that are unworn and in-box. They look factory fresh, but having sat in a box since the 1980's (and I am pretty sure they haven't been given any care during that period), I am wondering what sort of immediate action I should take before wearing them (I assume it would be a bad idea to just put them on).

Which brings me to part 2 of my question, should I always take some action before wearing any new shoe? Generally I have worn new shoes until a reasonable interval elapsed, or the shoe needs some attention, and then performed fairly standard care (leather treatment, polish).

1. Condition them with bick4 or some other conditioner. Not renovateur or any cleaner/conditioner.

2. Just polish and wear them.
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3. Enjoy

4. Take pics and share

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Originally Posted by treipok View Post

Someone sells Crockett and Jones shoe trees in a uk7??id be interested in buying CJ shoe trees uk7 thanks
Pediwear does, as do C&J stores obviously:
http://www.pediwear.co.uk/crockett/ranges/80.php
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post



You could have both the toplift and another lift removed and replace both with a 'half heel" of rubber. Or even have the whole stack removed and replaced with a "whole heel' of rubber. This gives good wear, naturally. But is almost a hallmark of cheap shoes. If only because they have to be nailed on with the nails penetrating and often damaging the insole.

I don't want any nails penetrating the insole. And I want the heels to last as long as possible. When should I get a heel replacement done? When the top lift has worn down? Or when the 2nd lift is worn down?
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Originally Posted by Shiny View Post

I don't want any nails penetrating the insole. And I want the heels to last as long as possible. When should I get a heel replacement done? When the top lift has worn down? Or when the 2nd lift is worn down?

The wise course is to never, ever allow the heel to wear down into the second level. That means keeping a weather eye on your heels and replacing them before they wear past the toplift.
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Not renovateur or any cleaner/conditioner.
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Why?
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Recently picked up some Alden ravello chukkas but they arrived with a black line on the vamp. Just curious is this the natural hide or is it a fixed scratch?

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Originally Posted by chewbocka View Post

Recently picked up some Alden ravello chukkas but they arrived with a black line on the vamp. Just curious is this the natural hide or is it a fixed scratch?


Natural scratch. Vamp could have been cut to avoid it or at least put it down near the welt line where it wouldn't have been seen.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Short answer is yes, but the long answer is the 99.9% of the products out there simply put, don't do anything except for aesthetics. Reading a lot about how leather is made and its properties educated me in this arena recently.

This is a good answer.....but I'd say 95%.

Although, aesthetics is sort of the main goal of most shoe care products....to make your shoes look better.
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So using something like Lexol conditioner does nothing for the leather?
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It does something, but I wouldn't call it optimal.
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Natural scratch. Vamp could have been cut to avoid it or at least put it down near the welt line where it wouldn't have been seen.

Thanks! Over time I'm assuming it will just look the same. Is the black something they use to fix the scratch?
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