I'd like to create an event showcasing vintage shoes. Perhaps a full day event with this kind of schedule:
1. Breakfast at hotel, followed by brief words of welcome;
2. Panel on vintage dress shoes;
4. Check out sponsor tables;
5. Demonstrations on maintaining...
Though I give my reasons for not fearing vintageally transmitted diseases, I do not mean to imply that my lack of fear is entirely reasonable, nor that fears are entirely irrational. Though I wear second hand shoes, suits and sportcoats, I would never wear another's tie, shirt, slacks, jeans...
"They don't make them like that anymore." This saying is especially true when it comes to dress shoes that were made in the USA. In prior decades US had numerous dress shoe brands that included lines of excellent, classic and well built shoes. Nettleton, Hanover, Alden, Allen Edmonds...
so the way i see it is this, buying used leather footwear is not recommended because the insole of the shoe would have molded to the previous user(s) feet. so it is better to buy a new pair of shoes, or if you have to, buy a very slightly used pair, to minimize the feet imprint problem.
I have a pair of brown Santoni Elliston oxfords that I really love. I do wish they were a lighter brown, how do I go about that? Do I just start using a mid brown shoe polish? Any other ideas?