Can the leather discoloration on these Strands be fixed?

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  1. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    Hi all!
    I have some nice shoes but the discoloration is severe.

    http://s307.beta.photobucket.com/user/txmpepper/library/Shoes

    The link has all 3. Notice the cracks on the toe box in the middle picture. Can these shoes be cleaned up if I bring them into a cobbler/leather shoe & boot specialist(best guy in the area and he supposedly works "magic)?Were they worth buying for under 100 dollars, taking into consideration the blackened areas outside and inside the shoe? Can the cracks in the leather near the toe of the shoe be fixed as well?
     
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  2. Dnslater

    Dnslater Well-Known Member

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    You spent $100 on these? You will spend $100 more for recrafting and they will still have some of the deep scratches and marks. I'm guessing the blackened areas can be cleaned up but there are probably better ways to spend $100.
     


  3. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    +1 on this. You can get factory seconds directly from AE for $150-$199
     


  4. coolarrow

    coolarrow Senior member

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    They don't look that bad. The cracks dont look to be gashes and are not that deep.

    First, don't take them to a cobbler cause they will charge you too much. For what he will probably charge you, you'd be in "seconds" price territory ^^.

    Get some cheap leather conditioner and rub it in the captoe. Let it soak in then reapply. To get tave on.he dark spots out, try brushing out hard with a horsehair brush.

    If that doesn't work, get some medium brown polish, which will be darker than the walnut color. You will get some nice darker than walnut shoes.

    BTW, I like those topys that they have on.
     


  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    +2

    You got burned on these and it is not the sellers fault.
     
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  6. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Really? Look at the last picture again.

    BTW OP, why did you include the picture of the park avenues?
     


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    +1 I'd hit them with some mink oil and my horse hair brush. They'll come out darker and richer. :)
     


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    GBR Senior member

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    Ah, second hand, never buy second hand shoes.

    Had they been yours from ne wthen this would be classed as 'patna' and be OK. However if you want to return them to new state that is simply not possible and you have just bought an old pair of shoes. Not a good choice.
     


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    Veremund Senior member

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    Patina is patina. Think of it as having someone else go to the trouble of breaking in your shoes for you. And at a discount! :D
     


  10. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    I don't know why I said that - must have been tired - but i didn't buy them. I was considering it til a few fellas at AAAC told me they were in poor poor condition, possibly recrafted before and still beaten up.

    The Parks were included because I had found them and added it later, asking for an opinion on whether or not I should purchase them(which I did)
     
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  11. Scottyb06

    Scottyb06 Senior member

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    I know you said you didn't buy them but your post implies that you are in the market for nice Allen Edmonds shoes, but at a discount. The advice I would offer you is to avoid buying used shoes (unless it's some sort of discontinued model that you absolutely MUST have + the shoes are in fantastic condition) and instead call the Allen Edmonds Shoebank for a deal on 'seconds'. For example: AE recently held a sale of 2 pairs for $250 of seconds for discontinued models. I passed on this but ended up purchasing a pair of Walnut Strands for $250 (I have no idea how people are quoting prices of $150 to $199 for Strands). I can only find one minor cosmetic flaw on them, and I stress the word "minor". I take great care of my shoes (clean, condition, polish, cedar shoe trees + never wear them in snowy weather) and expect these shoes to last me decades - especially with recrafting. I learned the hard way that you are better off spending more to do what is right the first time around vs. getting an alleged 'deal' on lesser quality items which you end up not wearing or having to spend too much on fixing or altering. I am now an AE customer for life. In addition to making high quality shoes for reasonable prices, their customer service is top-notch. The only other compaines I've purchased from with similar levels of service are Nordstrom and Princess Cruise Lines. Up next, either a pair of bourbon Fifth Avenues, bourbon Strands, or some McAlisters.
     


  12. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    Thanks for the input. Quick question: Is it me or do all the pictures of bourbon shoes I see seem to have shoes with hardly-noticeable cracks in the leather upper?
     


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