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post #46 of 58
Looks awesome! Good work Nate!
post #47 of 58
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Originally Posted by PhiloVance View Post

Looks awesome! Good work Nate!

+1

-LR
post #48 of 58
It is a lovely renovation.

However, what are you going to do with them? Are you going to wear them? If they don't fit, why go through the trouble? Or sell them on eBay?

Good luck.
post #49 of 58
Thread Starter 
Yes, I plan to wear the Lobbs. They don't fit me like bespoke shoes--although, I've never had bespoke shoes, so what do I know?--but they do fit as well as any of my ready-to-wear dress shoes. As PhiloVance put it earlier:
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Yes, the custom-made Lobbs were made for someone else's foot. But in the end, can't the same thing be said of any RTW piece of footwear? A size 10 pair of EGs was not made for your foot either, it was made for someone's idea of what a size 10 foot should be. What's the difference?

Now it's just a matter of working up the courage to brave the New York streets in them smile.gif
post #50 of 58
They look great.
post #51 of 58
Truly amazing worship.gif
post #52 of 58
D@mn, those look GREAT, congrats!!! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by DavidWatts View Post

So here are some "after" shots of my Lobbs.
Forum member nate10184 graciously offered to work on the uppers for me, and, being a rookie in these matters, I took him up on it. He may want to chime in with more info, or corrections, but I believe his process consisted of a) buffing with the inside of a sock, which removed "virtually all of the buildup on the surface"; b) applying a layer of crema alpina "to clean up anything [he] missed," at which point they looked "100% better," with "almost all the creasing... flattened out"; c) giving them a go with Renovateur to "cut through some of the stubborn old polish"; and d) applying a little Saphir Medaille d'Or brown wax to the microcreases to further try to dissolve any remaining black gunk.
He did a remarkable job. As you can see, the Lobbs do indeed look 100% better, or more. The leather is remarkably resilient; in most places, it could pass as brand-new. There's still some slight creasing near the front of the shoes, and the black polish that was ground into those creases hasn't completely vanished. But these are much, much better than presentable, which was my original goal. I think they look fantastic.
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post #53 of 58
Congrats with the fantastic outcome.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing!
post #54 of 58
Wow. Great to see that there really is a difference in quality when paying that kind of money. Most high-end shoes seen here are brand-new; and brand-new Lobbs don't look as much better as brand-new Loakes than old ones do.
post #55 of 58
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

As for Fritzl, you need to calm down and stop being so antagonistic to anyone you deem as disagreeing with your wildly varying opinion as referenced by Bengal.

omg, if you knew the story between bengal and me. you wouldn't talk, seriously.

luk-cha is a mate. so i talk differently to him. got it?
post #56 of 58
Great thread.
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

Great thread.

+1
post #58 of 58

Great job!

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