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2018 shoe revival challenge - submit entries HERE

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by suitforcourt, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Distinguished Member

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    Greater Toronto Area
    This is the official thread for submissions to the 2018 shoe revival challenge.


    1. This thread shall remain open until August 25, 2018, 12am EST. Any entries after this time, will not be considered;

    2. Every entry must submit at least 3 before, and at least 3 after pictures. More is fine. Less is not;

    3. Every participant can submit 1 pair of shoes for consideration;

    4. A separate thread will be created for voting. Your "like" on this page, does NOT count as a vote. So like away!

    5. Participant must submit receipt showing price. Must be $15US or less (does not include taxes, gratuity, shipping and handling).

    Good luck to all. And have fun!!!

  2. smfdoc

    smfdoc Distinguished Member

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    Los Angeles. "Swimmin' pools; movie stars."
    In the vain hopes for a participation trophy, and to support the challenge, I will throw in my entry. Nunn-Bush LWBs picked up for $8. Stripped with Renomat, water reshaped, conditioned with Bick 4, polished with AE walnut in a tube, and several coats of wax at the end. My congrats to the eventual winners.

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  3. wasmisterfu

    wasmisterfu Distinguished Member

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    Northern New Jersey
    My official entry / submission for the 2018 Shoe Revival Challenge: 1984 Allen Edmonds McAllister, model 6265 - Chestnut Polished Cobbler (Corrected Grain).

    Materials used (I'm skipping a few false starts):

    1 Pass of Kiwi Saddle Soap (post unpacking)
    2 Passes with Varnish Remover (Ace Hardware brand)
    2 Passes with Acetone (Ace Hardware brand)
    1 Quart (yes, really) of Acetone - countless passes (Ace Hardware brand)
    5 Separate passes with damp cloth (moisture test to validate CG finish removal)
    3 Applications of Allen Edmonds Leather Lotion
    2 Passes with Allen Edmonds Bourbon Cream Polish
    1 Pass with Allen Edmonds sole dressing
    2 Applications of Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner
    2 Passes with Allen Edmonds Bourbon Cream Polish
    1 Application of Allen Edmonds Black Cream Polish around piping

    4 passes with 70% isopropyl wipes
    4 passes with Allen Edmonds Leather Lotion

    Additional Steps (Post Restoration):
    Partial re-strip
    Hand-burnished the toes (gently sanded)
    1 Application Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner
    2 Passes with Allen Edmonds Bourbon Cream Polish
    2 Passes with Kiwi Dark Brown Wax
    Toe mirror with Kiwi Dark Brown Wax

    Ebay Purchase Confirmation:

    Initial condition:

    Initial, pre-restore cleanup (Kiwi Saddle Soap):

    Post Restoration:
    Final state:
    Rule 3:

    Overall, despite challenging moments (of darkness and despair), this was a really fun challenge and I hope it becomes an annual competition as it's really neat to see all the submissions. There are a lot of great old shoes that need saving. In fact, if suitforcourt, smfdoc and davidVC agree to make this an annual thing, next year I'll attempt a Corfam Restoration for great fame and glory (and possible chemical poisoning).

  4. Shoonoob

    Shoonoob Senior Member

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    Official Submission - The Correctobucks. Please see page 16 of the original restoration thread for full details. Screenshot_20180715-112439_Chrome.jpg 20180718_131546.jpg 20180718_131645.jpg 20180718_132101.jpg
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    Sandpaper, Suede Dye and lots of love. I very much enjoyed this project and everyone elses work. Thanks @suitforcourt!
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  5. photo41

    photo41 Active Member

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    Hello friends,
    here are the pictures regarding the 'Dylan' Grenson.
    The story is in the other thread.

    The last 9 are the final pictures.

    best of luck for all the participants















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  6. GasparddeColigny

    GasparddeColigny Senior Member

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    My contribution is a pair of Van Bommel, Dutch shoemakers since 17-something.
    Payment via Marktplaats (Dutch Craiglist-Ebay)
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    When they arrived they were in a really sorry state:

    The steps involved were:
    - brushing and a wet cloth
    - Glycerin treatment, 4 days of letting dry with a shoe tree, this removed 90% of the creasing, they stay in shape without the shoe trees.
    - coat of neutral creme Medaille D'or
    - retouching with Saphir Teinture 08 Bordeaux (a few spots where the colour was missing)
    - a single light coating of Saphir creme, I had to mix a few colours to get the right one.
    - a mirror shine, mixing bordeaux and dark brown.
    - sanding the heel and sole edge, and repainting colour 05
    - heavily waxing heel and sole edge, almost glass-like shine on the heels. It might be more suited to a sleeker and cleaner style but I wanted to push the boat out.
    - lastly, new laces, I would have dyed and reused the old laces but they were different lengths!

    I enjoyed the process, the sanding took a good while. I can't wear these as they are to big for me, I bought these as 43's but they turned out to be 44,5....bummer. Before wearing they should be resoled!
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  7. flipstah

    flipstah Distinguished Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Please consider this as my official entry into the contest.

    Got these J&M for 50% off so entry price is $4.99 USD

    I don't have a lot of shoe care products and only one brush so I had to make due with what I had.

    Cleaned it with conditioner and then applied leather lotion

    Worked the toe cap and the upper vamp with light brown wax then added some black for the middle piece and the brogue details.

    For some depth, I added hints of cordovan in the middle so depending on the light, you get red tint.

    Fresh laces and tada!










  8. Gosport

    Gosport Well-Known Member

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    My entry - Crown Imperial black scotch/pebble grain longwings.


    Process - disinfect interior with lysol, alcohol, and very dilute bleach solution, wipe down and brush exterior, clean exterior with lexol cleaner, use toothbrush+lexol to clean welt, hit exterior with reno'mat, condition with lexol conditioner, submerge for 1 hour in water, let dry swapping out shoe trees twice on day 1, then once a day for two more days, further smooth creases with back of warm metal spoon, wrap in glycerin soaked rags overnight, let dry three days, sand sole edges and apply black edge dressing, two rounds of Bick 4, followed by brushing/black polish then a round of Collonil 1909 and buffing.

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  9. ccpl14

    ccpl14 Senior Member

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    The Great Midwest
    My official entry:

    Florsheim 93603 PTB, manufacture code of KA, so I'm assuming manufactured in 1980.

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    Halfway there:
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    Finished product:
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    The process:
    1. Clean inside with anti-bac wipes, followed by UV treatment.
    2. Clean welt with Lexol Cleaner and toothbrush.
    3. Not satisfied with results from #2, so used Billy Mays approved OxiClean on welt
    4. Renomat upper
    5. Not satisfied with results in step 4 so used denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) to clean upper.
    6. Sand sole and heel edge to clean using 60, 100, 150, 220 and 320 grit sandpaper.
    7. 1 coat AE neutral Heel & Sole Edge Dressing
    8. Clear kiwi wax on heel & sole edge x3
    9. Bick 4 x2
    10. AE Walnut polish (in tube) x 2
    11. Somewhat satisfied so used neutral Collonil 1909 x1
    12. Touch up heel piping with black crème polish.

    Because if nothing else, I can follow rules:

    Good luck to all of you and carry on gentlemen. This has been fun.

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  10. Mbaldinger

    Mbaldinger Shoe Whisperer

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    Charlotte, nc
    This will be my official entry:
    Old pair of To Boot New York that were soiled, dried, crushed and ready for the trash heap. I brushed them vigorously then I treated them with copious amounts of Venetian shoe cream and washed them with saddle soap. I honestly don't remember if I used fiebings deglazer on these or not. I may not have bothered since the original finish was completely nonexistent. I dyed them with Fiebings buckskin as a base coat x 3 and used Fiebings black for the antiquing x 2 or 3. There were numerous rounds of dye with venetian shoe cream for rubout between coats. I used meltonian light brown cream polish and Saphir medium brown wax polish all over with Saphir mirror gloss on the toes and heels. This mirror shine took quite a bit of time since the leather was so rough.

    Bid history

    Tell us what you think

    Item number:



    Y3 To Boot New York Aaron Cap Toe Brown Leather Oxfords Shoes Mens Size 8

    Winning bid:



    $13.99 Economy Shipping

    First 3 pictures are straight from ebay, the last is on the "workbench" after treating the leather. First Good picture is after dye and cream polishes but not the mirror gloss. Final pics are outside after mirror shine. Since there had been some statements on instagram about this being a fake restoration, the last pic shows the rubber soles which are very worn, so not a new pair. This was a very enjoyable project and I feel it really helped me to hone some of my skills. I will definitely continue my restorations!! david1.jpg s-l1600 (1).jpg s-l1600 (2).jpg contest1.jpg DSC_0545.JPG DSC_0885.JPG DSC_0886.JPG DSC_0887.JPG DSC_0889.JPG DSC_0888.JPG

  11. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Distinguished Member

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    Greater Toronto Area
    Competing just in spirit. Didn't make the time to really spruce these up.







    1. Lysol wipe interior and exterior and let dry;
    2. Wipe exterior with damp cloth and let dry;
    3. Sand down certain cracked leather areas, and also sole edges;
    4. Repeat #3 a few times, but unsuccessful at gaining any traction;
    5. 2 rounds of Bick 4;
    6. A layer of light brown Collonil 1909 shoe paste;
    7. Dark brown Kiwi wax.



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  12. instigateur

    instigateur Distinguished Member

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    Nov 27, 2017
    Illinois (NW Suburbs)
    Crown Imperial LWB

    $14.99 from eBay.

    I sanitized them. Cleaned with Lexol and isopropyl alcohol. Bick4 and some glycerin. Then a bleach bath to remove more color. Then the dye deglazer.

    Then Spice dye from Angelus. Going for a Florsheim Imperial Kenmoor 93633 Forest Green look. Edge dressed them in spice green, polished them, and added orange laces.









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  13. Medicfourlife

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    Here we go, last and final touches are done. Florsheim 93602s that were in...less than ideal condition for wearing.

    Steps abbreviated for ease of reading.
    Step 1: Disinfect spray
    Step 2: Lexol Leather Cleaner
    Step 3: Submerged in bucket o’ water, 15 minutes
    Step 4: Cedar Shoe Trees, 1 hour
    Step 5: Hardwood Shoe Trees, 24 hours
    Step 5: Saphir Reno’mat
    Step 6: Sand toe caps to 800 grit
    Step 7: Bick 4, 2 rounds
    Step 8: Fiebing’s Leather Dye, Cordovan, for toe caps
    Step 9: AE Shoe Cream, Light Brown & Black
    Step 10: Acetone for welt stitching
    Step 11: Fiebing’s Sole Edging, Brown
    Step 12: Fintoco Laces
    Step 13: Saphir Mirror Gloss
    Step 14: Saphir Pate de Lux, Black
    Step 15: 2013 Laphroaig Cairdeas
    Edit: Last photo added to show color difference inside vs outside.

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  14. eazye

    eazye Distinguished Member

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    Gahhhh, the deadline came up fast and I didn't get a chance to do everything I was hoping to do to this pair of vintage Alden x Brooks Brothers shell PTB's. Had I not slacked, I would have sanded down and re-stained the soles and re-painted the eyelets black. As you can see, there was not much I could do with the cracks in the hide, and believe me, I tried numerous methods. Still, not bad for a pair of $1.70 shoes.
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  15. AEShoeMan

    AEShoeMan Senior Member

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    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    Hi all - my official submission. This is a Haig & Dunn Custom Grade vintage vcleat, which was one of four pair completed for the challenge. My intent was never to do four pair, but had multiple eBay offers unexpectedly accepted resulting in all four pairs coming my way. It was hard to pick, but ultimately went with these since it was the first pair completed and couldn't decide between these and the AE MacNeils which turned out very similarly.

    The method to the madness included:
    1) Cleaning out the inside with a rag heavily soaked in alcohol
    2) Wipe down of outside with damp rag and light coat of Saphir Renovateur to rejuvenate the shoes (in hindisight the Renovateur was probably not needed at this stage but this was my first go at this sort of project)
    3) Edge work - started with acetone on the sole edges to remove the black, but that was WAY too slow going so I went all out and sanded them with several different grits of sandpaper to remove the black to allow a more natural edging finish
    4) Cleaning the welt with Lexol cleaner and a tooth brush
    5) Heavy scrubbing and cleaning using Saphir Renomat and a rag to strip the wax and gunk off the shoes (word of caution - use this stuff outside if you haven't used before and plan on using - don't ask how I know ;))
    6) Two rounds of Bick 4 to further clean and rehydrate the shoes after the Renomat carnage
    7) Two rounds of Allen Edmonds walnut cream polish and then some black cream polish on the toes and brogueing
    8) Allen Edmonds natural edge dressing on sole edges which was then allowed to dry
    9) A healthy layer of Saphir neutral mirror gloss wax on the edges to protect and give some extra shine
    10) Brown and black wax polish, and neutral mirror gloss wax polishes (all Saphir products) on various parts of the shoes (the hardest part here was NOT ruining the blending I was going for on the toes for black on the end to brown for rest of the toes)
    11) Finish off with a mirror shine on the toe box using a combination of neutral mirror gloss and brown wax polishes from Saphir
    12) A good brushing with a horse hair brush at nearly every stage above

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    Progress pics - Renomat carnage and edge work in progress:
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    A special thanks to @suitforcourt for thinking of and organizing this event - it has been fun to participate and see all of the outstanding transformations from all of the participants!
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