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Streaks on AE shoes natural?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Are these streaks natural? http://i.imgur.com/LgSPS9V.jpg Can they be removed through shining?
post #2 of 11
Were they factory seconds?
post #3 of 11
They are growth marks the cow had in life IMO - you wont get rid of them but shows that your shoes arent corrected grain! If your polishing regime darkens the show they'll probably become less obvious though
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yep, they are factory seconds!
post #5 of 11

That's neither natural nor acceptable (without a DEEP discount - sub $200).

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

That's neither natural nor acceptable (without a DEEP discount - sub $200).

I have to say I disagree, the marks are definitely natural, though of course wether they are acceptable is determined by the buyer and the price. Better to have shoes that look like they come from a cow than corrected grain uniformity would be my own take though, FWIW
post #7 of 11
Cow stretch marks. Should have been using cocoa butter on those 4 stomachs.
post #8 of 11
On more expensive shoes, aren't such irregularities praised as "antiquing"?

And, yes, they will become less conspicuous with repeated polishings.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I did get them with a deep discount. I actually got it from a friend, who sold them to me because of those streaks
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

On more expensive shoes, aren't such irregularities praised as "antiquing"?

And, yes, they will become less conspicuous with repeated polishings.

How much less conspicuous are we talking about here?
post #11 of 11
nosrep123 welcome to Styleforum and thank you for clarifying.
I rather like those stretch marks. Wouldn't worry about it at all. You have something unique. Congratulations on your purchase and enjoy.
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