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Fixing scuffs on shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by linux_pro, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. linux_pro

    linux_pro Well-Known Member

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    I was walking around downtown in my new brown monkstraps that I really like (you gotta get a pair of those Certo monkstraps from virtualclotheshorse.com, they're very nice shoes for the $), and as I was stepping up onto a curb, the toe of my right shoe hit a rock on the concrete and took a small chip out of the toebox leather.

    How do I fix this? Should I just cream and polish it with a standard horsehair brush? Or are the shoes permanently damaged?
     
  2. RIDER

    RIDER Well-Known Member

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    Take a butter knife and pack a good paste polish into the void, burn with a lighter and re-polish normally.
     
  3. linux_pro

    linux_pro Well-Known Member

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    Give us a report of how this works please. I'm particularly interested in the burning maneuver.
     
  5. jamesbond

    jamesbond Well-Known Member

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    i once got into a fist fight with a pair of brown bruno magli loafers on, they got scufed up pretty bad (the loafers not me) when i got home i just polished them with some regular cheap kiwi polish. i was actually very surprised as to how well they came out. for some reason when i picture fire and chemical products i get a image of an expensive shoe ablaze.
     
  6. RIDER

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    No danger of implosion here...the heat will melt the wax in before you even get close to the leather. Of course, Lincoln Wax, which does not have the alcohol content that a Kiwi brand does, is best. Even with Kiwi though, nothing will go wrong.
     
  7. stripes22

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    Great question.  Can't wait to try out the solution that Rider suggests.  I have a pair of tan and navy saddle shoes with the same gouges.  (And, I polished the navy part with cordovan polish--I'm colour blind it was a mistake).

    Now one problem may be solved.  I may be able to wear them again.

    cheers
     
  8. boston

    boston Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand.

    You pack the gouge with polish, OK, but do you

    1) heat the butter knife with the lighter and then press the hot knife onto the polish? or

    2) heat the shoe polish directly with the lighter (yikes.) until... I guess until it's ready?

    More details would be very helpful,

    -boston
     
  9. nightowl6261a

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    Great rec, it really does work. You could also melt the wax and drip it in, taking a precaution of not searing the finish on the shoe around the nick in the leather, then smooth the surface in around the err in the shoe. Then buff it out.
     
  10. boston

    boston Well-Known Member

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    didn't work for me [​IMG] wax melted, then went away, gouges are there are before. -boston
     

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