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post #18511 of 21772
I just bought a pair of new-ish Rothschild's in Dark Oak and very pretty, they are indeed!

BUT, they've been topy-ed...now, I knew this when I purchased them.
However, I did not realize as to HOW they had been topy-ed..
I yanked off the heel topy and it looks like shit!..I think even the front has been filed down to make the damn things sit flush..I absolutely abhor them...

How can I get the front ones off, without destroying aforementioned luverly shoes? Can I polish/restore/recolour the sole? I cannot afford to send them back to get re-soled, that's out of the question.
post #18512 of 21772
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

I just bought a pair of new-ish Rothschild's in Dark Oak and very pretty, they are indeed!

BUT, they've been topy-ed...now, I knew this when I purchased them.
However, I did not realize as to HOW they had been topy-ed..
I yanked off the heel topy and it looks like shit!..I think even the front has been filed down to make the damn things sit flush..I absolutely abhor them...

How can I get the front ones off, without destroying aforementioned luverly shoes? Can I polish/restore/recolour the sole? I cannot afford to send them back to get re-soled, that's out of the question.

I think you should go to a cobbler. 

post #18513 of 21772
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Originally Posted by grc1 View Post

Vintage oak Mitchells

Nice shine sir!!

post #18514 of 21772
Also not an option for me unfortunately...
post #18515 of 21772
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

Also not an option for me unfortunately...

Just wear them as is. When your shoes were Topy-ed, the soles were filed down a bit and a very strong adhesive applied. I don't know if it would be good for the soles if you use force to pry them away. In addition, you never know if the shoes were brand new when they were Topy-ed. The previous owner could have worn the soles very thin and added the Topy right before selling them
post #18516 of 21772
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Originally Posted by Chowkin View Post

Just wear them as is. When your shoes were Topy-ed, the soles were filed down a bit and a very strong adhesive applied. I don't know if it would be good for the soles if you use force to pry them away. In addition, you never know if the shoes were brand new when they were Topy-ed. The previous owner could have worn the soles very thin and added the Topy right before selling them

I agree, just keep wearing them as is until you have the cash for a full re craft at the factory. Not cheap but you will not regret it.

Better that than a poor job by another poor repairer meaning you may never be able to recraft at factory in the future. There is nothing wrong with topys but they have to be done well.
post #18517 of 21772
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

I just bought a pair of new-ish Rothschild's in Dark Oak and very pretty, they are indeed!

BUT, they've been topy-ed...now, I knew this when I purchased them.
However, I did not realize as to HOW they had been topy-ed..
I yanked off the heel topy and it looks like shit!..I think even the front has been filed down to make the damn things sit flush..I absolutely abhor them...

How can I get the front ones off, without destroying aforementioned luverly shoes? Can I polish/restore/recolour the sole? I cannot afford to send them back to get re-soled, that's out of the question.
I think it was mentioned that the finished has to be sanded so the adhesive would work (won't stick as well on lacquered soles). I also vote to just have the sole guard remain. If you want to remove it, the result might be too much work. Also, I'm sure you can condition/lather/dye the soles I just don't know how that will affect their durability. Waxing the soles might lead to traction issues though. shog[1].gif

Good luck.
post #18518 of 21772
Thank you all, for the advice..well, here they are..I have yet to condition and polish them. Bit darker in person.




post #18519 of 21772
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

Thank you all, for the advice..well, here they are..I have yet to condition and polish them. Bit darker in person.





What's really annoying here is that someone seems to have applied those early on in the shoes life because the shoe looks in great condition. I would always wear the shoe a fair bit before applying any thing. (I don't put rubber but if I did I would wait, I put on toe tips and I do just this)

They have to shave off leather to do it so why not get some wear first.

It's a shame but you have a great pair here, I love mine and wear them all the time. Just keep wearing them and eventually when you can get them re crafted. But don't rush. Yeah look like they may need some edge dressing though to cover up the sole edge.
post #18520 of 21772
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Thought this might interest some people who have G&G boots on here.

Since buying my Thorpes it began to bug me that the G&G shoe trees were highly sprung and that it was very difficult to get the trees in and the row of stitching at the back of the heel was particularly vulnerable to the rubbing of the heel piece.
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I decided to take the G&G shoe trees apart and reassemble with the springs taken out so they don't rub the heel piece when inserting but still provide the required shape.

I drilled the holes out either side of the heel piece and there is a nail going through the full length which takes a bit of coaxing to be punched through.
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When punched through it can then be pulled out and the springs taken off the two guides.
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All that is needed then is for the nail to be put back without the springs inserted.
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Here you can see them in the boots with a slight gap that is clearly under no tension. Once I have worn them a few more times I shall make a wooden wedge to take up the slack to give back the tension it needs. I believe Corthay use a three block shoe tree and this is basically what I had in mind.

Could you not have used a shoe horn to insert the shoetrees?
post #18521 of 21772
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

I just bought a pair of new-ish Rothschild's in Dark Oak and very pretty, they are indeed!

BUT, they've been topy-ed...now, I knew this when I purchased them.
However, I did not realize as to HOW they had been topy-ed..
I yanked off the heel topy and it looks like shit!..I think even the front has been filed down to make the damn things sit flush..I absolutely abhor them...

How can I get the front ones off, without destroying aforementioned luverly shoes? Can I polish/restore/recolour the sole? I cannot afford to send them back to get re-soled, that's out of the question.

Why do you want to remove the topy? It won't look any better with them removed. Soles of shoes always look like shit after some wear.
post #18522 of 21772
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Originally Posted by Odd I/O View Post


Could you not have used a shoe horn to insert the shoetrees?

 

That would have been too easy. :lol:

post #18523 of 21772
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Originally Posted by grc1 View Post

Vintage oak Mitchells

Very nice!!
post #18524 of 21772


I am thinking about ordering the G&G Thorpe - Kudo version. I am not sure whether it will be too similar to the one i just purchased i.e. Thorpe - Arran Grain. 

Is Kudo a more durable leather ? and whether it will look very similar in terms of color. 

I really like the fit, feel and the design of Thorpe so inclined to order it. Would appreciate any feedback. 

post #18525 of 21772
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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post
 


I am thinking about ordering the G&G Thorpe - Kudo version. I am not sure whether it will be too similar to the one i just purchased i.e. Thorpe - Arran Grain. 

Is Kudo a more durable leather ? and whether it will look very similar in terms of color. 

I really like the fit, feel and the design of Thorpe so inclined to order it. Would appreciate any feedback. 


I ordered the Thorpe in Kudu and I received my Thorpe in Arran Grain a few months ago. I did so because I always regretted passing on the first Kudu version right after I joined the Pre-Order for the Arran Grain version. This will actually be my third Kudu shoe or boot that I ordered this year. I ordered and received the St James II in Tan Kudu and Vintage Cedar Calf and I also ordered the Isham in Rosewood Kudu.

 

I cant say the Arran Grain and Oak Kudu are going to be extremely different in color, but the Kudu certainly has a very distinct character which is quite different than the grain. The texture is quite different as well.  I can't say that the Kudu is more durable than calf or grain for that matter either. I just know that it has a very distinct character that I really really like.

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