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There's nothing like trunk show season...and we're just SIX days out! Who's participating? I'm curious to hear what you'll be ordering. Anyone care to divulge?
And wow, we just had a strong quake. Must have been the return of the natural cxl.

Well okay, it was only a 4.6, but it happened across the street.

Stupid earthquake woke me up. El Monte is pretty close to me. I also feel like it was stronger than normal. The shoes are all accounted for and safe.
 

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And wow, we just had a strong quake. Must have been the return of the natural cxl.

Well okay, it was only a 4.6, but it happened across the street.
Yet another reason I do not miss LA.
 

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Is the McTavish basically the wing-tip version of the Strandmok? I'm a big fan of the new Strandmoks (with the blue sole)
 

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Stupid earthquake woke me up. El Monte is pretty close to me. I also feel like it was stronger than normal. The shoes are all accounted for and safe.
I live less than 3 miles from the epicenter. It felt more like a 5. something to me.

Is the McTavish basically the wing-tip version of the Strandmok? I'm a big fan of the new Strandmoks (with the blue sole)
Kind of. I think the Neumok is closer to the Strandmok because both are only partially lined. A McT is fully lined. Some McT's have Dainite now, but many of the older ones use leather soles. My McT is clunkier and heavier than my Strandmoks.
 

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I live less than 3 miles from the epicenter. It felt more like a 5. something to me.



Kind of. I think the Neumok is closer to the Strandmok because both are only partially lined. A McT is fully lined. Some McT's have Dainite now, but many of the older ones use leather soles. My McT is clunkier and heavier than my Strandmoks.
The newer McT has translug soles
 

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I have a sad tale to tell. @friendlygoz rolled the dice on some vintage shell Chukkas and they almost instantly cracked on the vamp. He kindly offered them to me and asked if I would make him a watch band. I did and that is another story. But what to do with the rest of the shoe?

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I thought a wallet would be possible, even though I did not have any templates to follow. The first issue was the discovery that the back of the shoe will lay flat, but not straight. The obviously needed the bottom of the heel wider than the Achilles tendon. (I knew those anatomy courses would pay off some day.)

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So the answer was to remove a wedge of material off the heel to allow the two sides to approximate and flatten the top. First, I cut the threads off the sides of the heel cover. This allowed me to get to the material underneath.

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I then removed some of the material in the middle, where the good shell with the original color is. This allowed me to flatten the top of the piece in a straight line needed for the wallet. I then narrowed the heel wedge, which removed the needle holes. I then saddle stitched it back into place.

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I then removed a wedge of the interior liner to remove the excess material and I sewed it back together.

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I then used raw leather from the craft store to make the inner pockets and inner wall of the wallet. These were cut, dyed burgundy and then saddle stitched together.

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The inner compartment for the bills is dyed leather on one side and the original calf leather on the other.

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Inner and outer shots

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Now that it's finished, I see many areas where I can improve the process. There is always a learning curve with these things. I will send this one to a son who needs a wallet. It is sad to see a pair of shell shoes come to an end, but at least there is still some use with the leather.
 

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I have a sad tale to tell. @friendlygoz rolled the dice on some vintage shell Chukkas and they almost instantly cracked on the vamp. He kindly offered them to me and asked if I would make him a watch band. I did and that is another story. But what to do with the rest of the shoe?

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I thought a wallet would be possible, even though I did not have any templates to follow. The first issue was the discovery that the back of the shoe will lay flat, but not straight. The obviously needed the bottom of the heel wider than the Achilles tendon. (I knew those anatomy courses would pay off some day.)

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So the answer was to remove a wedge of material off the heel to allow the two sides to approximate and flatten the top. First, I cut the threads off the sides of the heel cover. This allowed me to get to the material underneath.

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I then removed some of the material in the middle, where the good shell with the original color is. This allowed me to flatten the top of the piece in a straight line needed for the wallet. I then narrowed the heel wedge, which removed the needle holes. I then saddle stitched it back into place.

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I then removed a wedge of the interior liner to remove the excess material and I sewed it back together.

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I then used raw leather from the craft store to make the inner pockets and inner wall of the wallet. These were cut, dyed burgundy and then saddle stitched together.

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The inner compartment for the bills is dyed leather on one side and the original calf leather on the other.

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Inner and outer shots

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Now that it's finished, I see many areas where I can improve the process. There is always a learning curve with these things. I will send this one to a son who needs a wallet. It is sad to see a pair of shell shoes come to an end, but at least there is still some use with the leather.


That is too damn cool.
 

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This forum is full of extremely old men (senior citizens), so I wanted to remind all of you that October/breast cancer awareness is upon us. Get out your PINK slacks, shirts, socks, shoes, g-string underwear, and ties.
We all have dementia and don't even remember to put our socks on half the time.
 

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I lost my beloved queen to breast cancer. I would like to dedicate this song to a woman that was a strong role model, a leader, sexy, intelligent, profoundly selfless, and just damn perfect in every way.

Hoagy Carmichel's The Nearness of you

Sorry to hear of your loss, @bluejazzmonkey. What a sweet remembrance you posted, including the moving song. Pink it will be in October.
 

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