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Please advise: boots gouged by heathen woman - Update

Mr. Moo

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While walking out of a local theatre a heathen woman of massive stature decided to open the adjacent door while I was still in the door way, causing her door to do the following to my brand new Alden boots: A small, deep gouge was formed. A small leather piece remained attached, and when I flap it over the gouge it looks as so:
Without the flap:
What are my options? I was thinking of super-gluing that flap on and forgetting about it... but that leaves a small amount of un-dyed leather exposed to the elements. That is the only option I am comfortable with as a DIY solution. Is there anything else than can be done? Thanks. P.S. no these are not deerskin, and no I will not send them back to the retailer to ask for 3x my money back.
 

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Apply some polish.
Move on.
 

Mr. Moo

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Apply some polish.
Move on.


Will polish color the white leather to the correct color, assuming I choose the right polish? Should I remove that little flap then?
 

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Three choices:

1. Glue the flap down and fill in the area with polish. The glued piece will always look a little off, but it is hard to fix large holes with polish.

2. Trim the flap, and apply many, many layers of polish.

3. Contact Alden and see if they have better ideas.
 

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Trim, polish, move on. It is wear; they are boots. Think of the Chilean minors.
 

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Originally Posted by philosophe
Three choices:

1. Glue the flap down and fill in the area with polish. The glued piece will always look a little off, but it is hard to fix large holes with polish.

2. Trim the flap, and apply many, many layers of polish.

3. Contact Alden and see if they have better ideas.


OK. If I polish: A) should I polish the entire shoe or just around that area, and B) what color polish? The boots are "tan vegano calf".

Originally Posted by CunningSmeagol
Trim, polish, move on. It is wear; they are boots. Think of the Chilean minors.

Minors?
 

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From what I can see in the pictures, most or all of the surface is still there, it's just folded and rucked.
I suggest you lightly dampen it, by taking a moist (not wet) cloth and keeping it over the damaged area for a few minutes. Then use tweezers, toothpicks, whatever small thing you have available, to smooth out the flap. You will probably be able to re-cover pretty much all of the damaged area. Use as little glue as possible to stick it back down once it is flattened out. Not a fan of superglue for this, I'd recommend a vinyl acetate adhesive if you have one available. Then polish the devil out of it.

The simpler answer is take it to a cobbler you like, and let them take care of it.
 

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I've never done this type of surgery, but I like the idea of first gluing it down, then polishing it and such to make it as invisible as possible.
 

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Just put a tiny dab of Shoo Goo under the flap and press it down for a few minutes. You can then rub off any excess with your finger.

EDIT: Just take it to your cobbler. He'll fix it in a few minutes.
 

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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo



What are my options?


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Only the blood of the woman that caused this will remove the spot from your shoe...

I never trust myself with things like this so I take my shoes to local shoe cobblers / shoe repair places. They look so excited when someone brings in something nice and relevant for them to work on.
 

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Don't apply anything. Take it to a trusted shoe repair place (cobbler for SFers).
 

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