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Shoe Antiquing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RIDER, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. Yellowevo84

    Yellowevo84 Well-Known Member

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    Here is a pair I just got done working on. These shoes were particularly bad with dirt built up on the heels and toes.
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  2. Dawsokj1988

    Dawsokj1988 New Member

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    So I bought a pair of AE bicycle toes on Ebay for 50 bucks. They looked like this.

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    After spending hours reading this forum as well as a couple others, I decided to take action. I tried using cream and wax based polishes at first, and it just looked like shit. Finally I order some fiebings medium brown leather dye.

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    After 10 hours of learning / screwing up I finally finished.

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    I'm trying to decide now if I should take the welt darker than the upper. Thoughts?
     
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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I think you should get a better pair of shoes.
     
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  4. Yellowevo84

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    Hard to tell from the lighting but they look pretty good. I would take the welt and bottom edge of the sole a darker brown. That way it brings less attention to the sole and more onto the upper especially now that it a darker tone.
     
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    Nice job. I definitely would go darker on the welt and sole, though.
     
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  6. Dawsokj1988

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    Thanks for the input Yellowevo. I like what you did with the wingtips.
     
  7. Yellowevo84

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    Thanks Dawsokj I had a lot of fun with those although stripping off all the wax the client had piled on those shoes was frustrating. Here is another pair I did for a client. He had terrible toe damage and and I recommended he get new shoe but he was persistent in having the shoes redone.

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  8. Dawsokj1988

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    They look brand new. Damn good job! Did you use a wax polish at the end to create that high shine?
     
  9. Yellowevo84

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    There is no wax on the shoes. The polish was done using creams only.
     
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    That's a bit of a misnomer, creams are made of wax.
     
  11. Yellowevo84

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    You are correct sir. I should amend my statement as only saphir mdo creams were used which do contain wax.
     
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  12. Yellowevo84

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    A few pics of latest work

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  13. TWU2014

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    I originally contributed to this thread under a different UN when it first started. Since then I've had to create another account because I was inactive for about 2 yrs. And forgot my account information.

    1. Stripped shoes using Angelus Deglazer. I didn't condition shoes as I should have. A step I skipped because I didn't have any leather conditioner.
    2. Painted the shoes using Angelus leather shoe paint. Something different than dying. Three layers of dark mocha brown, 2 coats of medium blue two coats, and then two coats of Navy.
    3. Polished dark mocha with Meltonian shoe cream. Navy in coats of Neutral coat of Meltonian.
    4. Steps I will eventually get around to doing soon is conditioning the shoes. Then applying multiple layers of matching shoe creams and polish to achieve a nice shine.
    5. Clean up blemishes and soles with sole polish.
    6. Buff, buff, and buff.

    Started off as a pair of Mezlan's in medium brown.

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    This is my first attempt at painting shoes. I have several other pairs that I will change colors. Practice makes perfect.

    I welcome feedback, comments, and suggestions.

    Tony
     
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  14. Yellowevo84

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    Tony I like the spectator look of the shoes. If you have other pairs you are attempting i would highly recommend getting into the dyes. they are a lot harder to work with and takes a lot more practise but the results will work out better over time. You will get a better shine out of dyes as they penatrate the leather, also you get a natural patina over time or through different polishes. The angelus paint basically acts like painting a canvas. Still the result came out great for a first attempt. keep it up.
     
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    Anyone have a "shoe guy" recco in San Francisco? Somehow, still unknown to me, my Martegani Lucca seems to be soiled/stained/ruined. I want to antique or something; not sure if salvagable.

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    Those are definitely reparable. As rider said ashineandco would be great. It just depends on what you want done and what sort of antiquing your looking for. If you want some ideas pm me and I can help you with some ideas.
     
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    Here is a few new works for some clients. A nice change on the cap toes considering the hand sanitizer that was spilled on them.

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  19. Buster Brown

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    Glad this thread is being kept alive. I've got a couple projects underway I hope to share soon. Just need to find more time!
     
  20. sfo423

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    A medalion toe looks great with a burnished finish. I like the cognac (my only pair in this color) but would be happy to go to light brown. Another good reason to buy another replacement pair in cognac.
     

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