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With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......

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I give you props, those look alot better than I thought they would with a personal refinish. You may have inspired me. Just a quick sanding to remove the black and than an edge dressing?

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......



I think those turned really well! How much time invested?

See Ya,
Steve
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......


 

 

single monk night!

 

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I give you props, those look alot better than I thought they would with a personal refinish. You may have inspired me. Just a quick sanding to remove the black and than an edge dressing?

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I think those turned really well! How much time invested?

See Ya,
Steve

Thanks guys. Total time was a little less than an hour but I did add a couple of steps. I removed the black with a medium grade sandpaper then smoothed out the wood with a extra fine grade sandpaper. Once I got the wood smooth, I applied a coat of Meltonian neutral creme (have no idea why, just seemed like a good idea). Waited 10 minutes and added a layer of Saphir brown renovating cream. Waited another 10 minutes and added another layer. Waited 30 minutes and finished it off with some AE chili edge dressing. For good measure, waited 10 minutes and added another layer of AE chili edge dressing.

Wasn't difficult but certainly not as simple as a couple of posters implied that it needed to be. These are $600-$700 shoes were talking about. Seems silly to reduce the effort to a couple basic steps unless you want the outcome to look like you really didn't care. All in all, I'm happy with the results.
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 I got my Whiskey, Ravello x 3, and Cigar in 4 months. ;-) 

 

Ok - so it is a Dubshella with a Ravello trifecta.  Plainridge has slots and the outlets down the hill MA folk

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single monk night!
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Man those are sweet. And this from a guy who is not usually a big fan of black shell.
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Man those are sweet. And this from a guy who is not usually a big fan of black shell.

 

haha nor am I (hence them being in the marketplace lol)

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single monk night!

 

But aren't all monks single?  :rimshot:

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Thanks for the kind words mdubs. I really enjoy my nsts.
Your jcrew ravello + brass lwbs are killer. I want some.
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Although I have bought numerous stuff from Steven, I've passed on his #8 LWB since I do prefer to darker sole. Speaking of LWBs, here is my collection:
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That's a great shot. I love me some lwbs.
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With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend.
I really like your results. I think it makes that shoe look much better, I assume leffot will be offering light edge #8 monks this fall.
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Finally got mine Plain toe chromexcel from ups ,

The welt used by the make ups from j crew and the plain toes from alden of san Francisco is different , i prefer the styling of the j crew ones a little more.

The j crews are a us8 and the natural cromexcel ones are a us8.5 , fu,I wear a wolverines us8 and the Chromexcel ones felt roughly around the same size, But the j crews us 8 are definitely smaller than the wolverines.Is there a tendency for the make ups from j crew to run a bit smaller ? .
I hope i am on the right track on sizing up mineself,only time would tell :/ ,

 

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I don't often get to post in here... one of the perils of working from home (and of course, of being fairly poor).

This evening was the maiden voyage for my #8 captoe boots on the grant last, originally purchased with Ben Silver.

inside


outside


i'm thrilled with how they look although I am a bit concerned that the cap toe is so much darker than the rest of the boot in brighter light.
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I don't often get to post in here... one of the perils of working from home (and of course, of being fairly poor).

This evening was the maiden voyage for my #8 captoe boots on the grant last, originally purchased with Ben Silver.

inside


outside


i'm thrilled with how they look although I am a bit concerned that the cap toe is so much darker than the rest of the boot in brighter light.

 

first thing that my eyes were drawn to, and in a good way.. I wouldn't fret.

 

Now I need to look after an #8 captoe since I sold the jcrew pcts...

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......
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Nice work! Looks great.

I just wanted to comment that you didn't change the welt or the welt color, you changed the color of the sole edge. The welt is the material that is between the sole and upper (where the stitching is). Just for future reference.
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outside

I am a bit concerned that the cap toe is so much darker than the rest of the boot in brighter light.

One of my favorites. I think the color variation makes your boots look even more amazing.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

With all the discussion surrounding the Leffot pre-sale and antique edge, I figured I'd share some of my work from this past weekend. I picked these up off the bay to wear as beaters or with denim. The problem was that the sleeker last made them a little more dressy than I preferred. I decided to change the welt, one because I love antique welt on color 8 and two, antique seems a little more casual. No before pics but basically a black edge......

  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bobbo316 View Post
 

I give you props, those look alot better than I thought they would with a personal refinish. You may have inspired me. Just a quick sanding to remove the black and than an edge dressing?

 

 

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I think those turned really well! How much time invested?

See Ya,
Steve

 

 

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Thanks guys. Total time was a little less than an hour but I did add a couple of steps. I removed the black with a medium grade sandpaper then smoothed out the wood with a extra fine grade sandpaper. Once I got the wood smooth, I applied a coat of Meltonian neutral creme (have no idea why, just seemed like a good idea). Waited 10 minutes and added a layer of Saphir brown renovating cream. Waited another 10 minutes and added another layer. Waited 30 minutes and finished it off with some AE chili edge dressing. For good measure, waited 10 minutes and added another layer of AE chili edge dressing.

Wasn't difficult but certainly not as simple as a couple of posters implied that it needed to be. These are $600-$700 shoes were talking about. Seems silly to reduce the effort to a couple basic steps unless you want the outcome to look like you really didn't care. All in all, I'm happy with the results.

They look great, Shawnc.

FYI It is leather, not wood.

 

I mentioned this process yesterday to those interested.

The only word of wisdom I feel obligated to say is the following...

Use masking tape on the upper to protect it during the sanding process.

I used painters tape, when I refurbished a pair of old Florsheims that I bought and sold.

You do not want to try to get sandpaper scratches out of shell.

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