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post #331 of 755
Hi everybody, A lot of you have posted pictures of old shoes that still seem to be in good condition. Well, almost all of my shoes are not that old and in worse condition. Do you guys clean you shoes after every wear and store them in a special temp and humidity controlled room or is their a secret? I know the most important thing is I should buy trees, but other tips are welcome. Educate me! Chestnut Umberto Luciani (L). when I bought these they were a fiery red-brownish color, but beacuse of water and mud, they've got stains and became paler. On the right Dries Van Noten, bought one size too big, then put innersoles in them. Now they fit nicely without wrinkles when I wear them. However, I'd like to clean them entirely, remove all the spots and darker areas. Suggestions? Black Church custom grade (L), more then 20yo and Hugo Boss (R) Here the Boss shoes are a beige color. i've had them for a year now and I've never cleaned them. They're filthy but I love them because they're very comfortable to wear. How do I restore them in their original state? Black Navayos or something like that on the left. Can't read the name anymore, can only read Made in Italy. These shoes are bad quality; after 1 year, they have claws in the leather. Still, I like them and have received several compliments about them. I especially like the thin soles; I know they're not well-built (glued instead of welted) but I don't like thick soles. Problem is both have a dent at the tip and lots of wrinkles. I think a normal shoe tree won't help a lot because the tip is very narrow. I have 2cm of open space at the front (They're not too big (size 42) but just too narrow at the front) On the right another pair of Dries Van Noten which are the opposite of the Navayos. Very well built, thick leather,rubber soles, so they're great during the winter season, but I don't really find them elegant nor stylish.
post #332 of 755
Thread Starter 
Thanks for posting. I can't imagine what you'd wear with the light colored shoes.
post #333 of 755
none of those shoes look better with age, they all just look beat and homeless-y
post #334 of 755
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Agreed. Now post pics of your shoes.
post #335 of 755
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Originally Posted by breakfasteatre View Post
none of those shoes look better with age, they all just look beat and homeless-y

rofl
post #336 of 755
Picked up these spade soled Johnston & Murphy Hand Mades at an estate sale, despite that fact that they had way to much wax polish built up and a bit of surface crazing along the sides. After several cleanings and numerous treatments with leather conditioner, they look pretty good. The crazing is much less serious than it looks in the pictures and none of it goes much beyond the surface. The sad part is that after all that work, they are too damned tight for my feet. Still, these are a tough shoe to come by so I didn't want to see them tossed. You'll probably see them in B&S fairly soon.
post #337 of 755
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Nice Tony! I miss my pair of J&M Handmades which I sold due to them being too tight. One of the most beautiful pairs of shoes I've ever owned.
post #338 of 755
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Originally Posted by M.D. View Post
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I like the light colored shoes and could see them worn w/ jeans, off-white pants, grey pants, etc. To care for them, just try not to wear them two days in a row and use shoe trees, shoe horns, and shoe cream.
post #339 of 755
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Originally Posted by tonylumpkin View Post
Picked up these spade soled Johnston & Murphy Hand Mades at an estate sale, despite that fact that they had way to much wax polish built up and a bit of surface crazing along the sides. After several cleanings and numerous treatments with leather conditioner, they look pretty good. The crazing is much less serious than it looks in the pictures and none of it goes much beyond the surface. The sad part is that after all that work, they are too damned tight for my feet. Still, these are a tough shoe to come by so I didn't want to see them tossed. You'll probably see them in B&S fairly soon.



You can't post a pair of shovel soles and not show us the bottom. Come on man.
post #340 of 755
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You can't post a pair of shovel soles and not show us the bottom. Come on man.

Where was my head?!





post #341 of 755
IIRC I have a modernized version of those shoes from Jil Sander.
post #342 of 755
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Originally Posted by tonylumpkin View Post
Picked up these spade soled Johnston & Murphy Hand Mades at an estate sale, despite that fact that they had way to much wax polish built up and a bit of surface crazing along the sides. After several cleanings and numerous treatments with leather conditioner, they look pretty good. The crazing is much less serious than it looks in the pictures and none of it goes much beyond the surface. The sad part is that after all that work, they are too damned tight for my feet. Still, these are a tough shoe to come by so I didn't want to see them tossed. You'll probably see them in B&S fairly soon.








Would it have been possible to have purchased a pair like this in Marshall's in 1997? I could swear that I tried on and then passed up a chance to buy an identical pair for $120. They ran small, the 12D felt like a C and I chose a pair of near spade sole Cazoleria Harris pebble grain blucher wingtips instead for $140 and wore them for 10 years, selling them last year on ebay for $99. If I knew then what I know now, I'd of stretched those suckers! I just found a pair of JM captoe Handmades, 9D worn once. What a shoe!
post #343 of 755
My old pair of Loake "Badminton", Tan with a dab of brown shoe cream and regukar ppolishing with Med Brown and Maroon. My 'trainers' at the weekend. About two years old.
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post #344 of 755
Before beasting, after cleaning and polishing. Apologies for the poor quality mobile phone pic.
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