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Calling all Shell Cordovan Experts - Damage - repairable or ruined? (Pictures included)

post #1 of 6
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I recently bought a pair of shoes and the seller shipped them to me in a loose plastic tyvek (listed as "comes with box" confused.gif). The package ripped open several places during shipment and the shoes were damaged. In person, it looks like the cordovan was dragged against cement.

I have no experience with this level of damage and I haven't tried to brush/polish/buff them or anything yet. Is this repairable or are these ruined?

Thank you for any help,

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post #2 of 6
Looks ruined to me, but I'm no expert. If I had done the damage myself, I wouldn't be too worried, but to receive them in this condition would make me angry.
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

Looks ruined to me, but I'm no expert. If I had done the damage myself, I wouldn't be too worried, but to receive them in this condition would make me angry.

+1. You would probably make them look better with brushing but you'll never get rid of the damage. Unless they were ultra cheap: I'd send them back.
post #4 of 6
Cordovan is not cheap...and they shipped it in a plastic bag? That's nuts. I assume this was an eBay auction, and I would fight to return the item as S.N.A.D. and damaged due to seller's negligence. That is not the standard of care you shold reasonably expect.
post #5 of 6
Take a generous dollop of shoe cream (the soft stuff that comes in glass jars) and put it on the damaged spot. Then take a metal tea spoon, hold by the handle and plunge your thumb into the bowl for greater pressure. With the back of the spoon you go in circular movements over the damaged area, using the shoe cream as a lubricant. (It's rather like a child playing with mud.)

Do that for about five minutes, then take the excessive shoe cream off and polish with a brush. In principle you are doing the same as was done in the tannery, rubbing fats deep into the leather and creating the top surface through pressure.

I can't tell you whether it will make the damage totally disappear, but it certainly will make it much better.
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Cordovan is not cheap...and they shipped it in a plastic bag? That's nuts. I assume this was an eBay auction, and I would fight to return the item as S.N.A.D. and damaged due to seller's negligence. That is not the standard of care you shold reasonably expect.
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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon View Post


+1. You would probably make them look better with brushing but you'll never get rid of the damage. Unless they were ultra cheap: I'd send them back.

It was a seller on SF. They were not cheap.

Thank you for all of the replies (especially Bengal - I haven't attempted that technique that since I'm waiting to hear back from the seller, but I'll be sure to use that information in the future).
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