There have been several complaints recently about high end shoes not fitting comfortably, or taking a long time to break in. Â Is this common? Â Is it just fat American feet trying to fit into narrow Europeaqn shoes? There also have been several pics of suede boots. Â Do people actually wear these for outdoor activities where they expect to get them wet and dirty? Â My experience has been that even the special suede brushes don't do a very good job of cleaning suede once it becomes matted and dirty. Finally, I would like some education on Bookbinder and similar finishes. Â My understanding from this forum is that Church's, and AE apply waxes or whatever with pressure rollers in order to impart the glossy finish. Â I also know that you can easily polish these so that they have almost a mirror like finish. Â Do Americans prefer a high shine and Europeans something more subdued? Â If the finish actually clogs the pores, it would seem that the leather would quickly deteriorate and it would not be possible to bring up any kind of a shine. Â Just the opposite has been my experience. Finally, how does the Bookbinder finish differ from the patinated finshes found on some high end shoes,e.g., Vass? Â Is it handwork compaqred to machine applied or...? Thanks again for help from the experts.
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1/11/04 at 10:06am