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Edge Dressing (?) and Vintage Shell Cordovan!!!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Patrologia, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Patrologia

    Patrologia Senior member

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    I recently bought a pair of vintage Florsheim SC v-cleat longwings in pretty nice condition, the original heel is hardly even worn down much. Only problem, somebody tried to apply edge dressing to the soles and got a little (lot) sloppy with the stuff. I'm assuming that this was done in an attempt to make the soles look fresher for an ebay auction (why oh why?) so it wouldn't be very old in that case. Regardless, what do I do. I read a thread suggesting Afta, now called Guardsman, but does the same rule apply to Shell? Shell experts, please weigh in.

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  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I've gotten edge dressing on my shell soles by accident, and couldn't get it off. I found nothing to be effective at removing it. Good luck!
     
  3. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    meh. i wouldnt worry about it. wear em.
     
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    Jackie Treehorn Senior member

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    That ain't comin' out, so make peace with it or resell the shoes.
     
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    NAMOR Senior member

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    Wish a got a dollar for each time I heard "picked up a pair of vintage Florsheim"
     
  6. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    i think florsheims are a rite of passage for shoe guys. I really dont know anyone (self proclaimed shoe guys) that hasnt had a pair or two in their life.
     
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    As a child.

    My father also wore them, or Johnston and Murphy. I SWORE I would never touch those old fuddy duddy shoes.

    Imagine my chagrin now that they are back in style.
     
  8. McBindle

    McBindle Well-Known Member

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    I have a similar pair but in pebble grain tan. When I had topys applied the cobbler "touched up" the edge dressing with a dark brown/black edge dressing. I tried to remove it with acetone and it didn't make a bit of difference. I have found that edge dressing on these shoes makes them look clunkier than they already do and was determined to remove it.
    Here is what worked for me. I took a fine grit sandpaper and was able to sand off the dressing leaving the natural leather grain visible. Then I applied some Saphir reno to mositurize the leather now that it was exposed. Then I added a few coats of Saphir wax - it seems to repel Pacific NW rain pretty well so far. The leather grain looks great and I have not noticed any problems.
    Keep in mind that this was on the sole edges and I would not recommend ever taking sandpaper to any other part of shoe leather.
     
  9. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    I never knew it was impossible to get off. Now I know to be extra careful when applying mine..
     
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    Before you apply edge dressing, tape the upper part with some low-tack masking tape.
     
  12. Patrologia

    Patrologia Senior member

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    Just posted this thread to his "official" thread!:nodding:

    Thanks for all the constructive help so far. Yes indeed, I think vintage Florsheim are required eventually. I have no problem with following in my father's footsteps though. In fact, my grandfather ordered (from a catalog!) shoes from Mason in Wisconsin because they were the only ones who fit him the way he liked. (This on a factory salary in N.C.) I kinda keep my eyes open for vintage Mason just as an homage, but that's another thread.

    If nothing better is suggested I will probably just wear them as is (it is low enough down that it might go unnoticed) but I'd really like to get it off if I can.
     
  13. md2010

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    ^^ this.
     
  14. NotoriousMarquis

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    Seriously, I can't imagine Man of Lint does not have a solution for this.
     
  15. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I've been advised by several cobblers to never use edge dressing because of its potential damage to the uppers, and because it's difficult if not impossible to remove it.
     
  16. lostron

    lostron Senior member

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    My words exactly..
     
  17. NAMOR

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    your avatar

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    he knows jack about shoes, though.
     
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    exactly
     
  20. thecentennial

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    Edge dressing is similar in its content to leather tanning solution - once it gets on the leather, it soaks right in there.

    However, with shell, and it's different properties to calf, one would assume it wouldnt penetrate that deep into the leather. I wonder if a good deerboning, with its slightly abrasive surface, would help remove the first couple of micrometers of surface? Might be worth a try.
     

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