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post #9601 of 19073
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

That's good that they work for you. I don't think I could ever try a wholecut that wasn't bespoke

Why, that makes no sense? A last is a last is a last.
post #9602 of 19073
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

That's good that they work for you. I don't think I could ever try a wholecut that wasn't bespoke; I have enough sizing issues with derby shoes as it is.


I don't think this is the right thread, though.

Well!  Good for you!  Some of us have to settle for less than bespoke.  I am happy with my non-bespoke footwear. 

I am not sure this is the right thread, either. 

I don't own any bespokes, though I would love to. What I mean is that it seems a wholecut oxford would be one of the least forgiving shoes regarding fit. It seems it would have to be just perfect.
post #9603 of 19073
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post


I don't own any bespokes, though I would love to. What I mean is that it seems a wholecut oxford would be one of the least forgiving shoes regarding fit. It seems it would have to be just perfect.

Well, give them a try!  These shoes are very comfortable after 3 or 4 outings! Best wishes, Munky. 

post #9604 of 19073

Is there any repair for a bald spot on a suede shoe?  New shoes arrived this way and debating whether to keep or return them.

 

post #9605 of 19073

I'v had those marks on new suede shoes too. You won't be able to fix it (or i seriously doubt it) I'v tried with a brush and crepe but it didn't work

post #9606 of 19073
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

I don't own any bespokes, though I would love to. What I mean is that it seems a wholecut oxford would be one of the least forgiving shoes regarding fit. It seems it would have to be just perfect.

Actually, there is every reason to suggest that, all other things being equal, whole cuts would be more forgiving than any other style. Seams create stiffness and tightness and "hard" spots.
post #9607 of 19073
This is an old pair of Loakes that have been heavily abused. Is this damage at all remotely repairable, or are these trash?



post #9608 of 19073
Junk, cracked leather, needs resole, upper seperating ....
post #9609 of 19073
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Originally Posted by kontra View Post

Have you guys seen anything like this before? Any advice?
These are Alden Hampton Suede. Have never even been near the water.

 

you mean the wet spots on the uppers around the welt? It could be sweat that hasnt dried, or you stepped on grease/oil, or (most beign of all) - the top nap is brushed in a different direction than the nap around the welt, so it looks differently colored.

post #9610 of 19073
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post


I don't own any bespokes, though I would love to. What I mean is that it seems a wholecut oxford would be one of the least forgiving shoes regarding fit. It seems it would have to be just perfect.

 

Wholecut calf shoes have a fair amount of give, so my AE hanovers are now shaped like the contours of my feet. My hanovers get noticed by people too often, which is kinda awkward :p

post #9611 of 19073
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Originally Posted by sleepyinsanfran View Post
 

 

you mean the wet spots on the uppers around the welt? It could be sweat that hasnt dried, or you stepped on grease/oil, or (most beign of all) - the top nap is brushed in a different direction than the nap around the welt, so it looks differently colored.

If they're oil-locked soles, I've read oil can leech from the sole to the upper and is a common reason for their rejects. 

post #9612 of 19073
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Originally Posted by sleepyinsanfran View Post

you mean the wet spots on the uppers around the welt? It could be sweat that hasnt dried, or you stepped on grease/oil, or (most beign of all) - the top nap is brushed in a different direction than the nap around the welt, so it looks differently colored.

Yes, the welt parts.
None of the sweat/oil happened. No rain or water involved.
It was pretty much in straight out of the box like that. Looks OK in certain light and not so OK otherwise. Never really bothered me. Still curious if I can help it.
post #9613 of 19073
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Originally Posted by jaywhyy View Post

If they're oil-locked soles, I've read oil can leech from the sole to the upper and is a common reason for their rejects. 
Looks like this is exactly what it is. Do you know if it spreads during time? and wonder if there's a fix. Hmm. What would Alden Restoration do?
post #9614 of 19073

I just completed the full 641 page length of this thread.  At some point in the near future I'm probably going to summarize what I've learned based on the predominant sentiment during each "phase" of the thread, as there have been some major shifts.  That said, today I have a question.

 

I have only worn this pair of boots twice.  I very much enjoy them, the leather is of, what feels to me, very high quality.  Very soft and supple.  That said, I have a concern with each individual boot.  I apologize for the terrible photos ahead of time, I didn't want to break out the dslr for these particular shots.

 

The first boot has a peculiar crease forming.

 

 

 

It looks to me like it should be 2 creases, but in the middle of each crease there's a little mound of leather kind of poking up.  Seems strange, wanted to see what you all though.

 

The second boot has some scratches/pitting on the toe.  I noticed it when I first received the boots, I think they will probably polish out OK once I get around to polishing them, but again, just looking for opinions.

 

 

 

Thanks,

Bill

post #9615 of 19073
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Originally Posted by kontra View Post

Looks like this is exactly what it is. Do you know if it spreads during time? and wonder if there's a fix. Hmm. What would Alden Restoration do?

Not saying it can't be oil stains but unless the welt is oil stuffed as well, I doubt that oil could migrate into the vamp...esp. to that extent and that height. That's a lot of oil.

More likely it is water staining. This can happen esp with chrome tans and esp. with lighter coloured leathers (any colour except black or dk. brown, IOW). And it can happen during lasting....it didn't have to be you or your perspiration.

Sometimes getting the wholes shoe thoroughly wet and then letting it dry slowly can get rid of water stains but not always and if you don't know the quality of the materials used to make the shoes, it can actually do more harm than good.
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