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Restoration Of Old Faithfuls

Nexus6

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Dack's
Made In Canada
Won't see that anymore,
since they have not been made in canada since 1996.

Found these at the Salvation Army.
$8 ...got them to reduce it to $5 considering the decrepidness of them.

I examined the shoes carefully.
They are double-soled and almost indestructable.
Very litle wear actually...previous owner was only sloppy with the polish.
The uppers were suprisingly soft...no cracks in the leather,
so I thought, why not....let's see if I can bring them back to life..


Basically my procedure is:

Pre-Stage.....putting on Ben-Hur or any other 4hr movie...

Then...

1) Lung-ripping Acetone on old rag to remove old polish. (2hrs..with oxygen breaks)

2) New Shoe Dye (Black) (1.2 hr)

3) Leather Lotion to restore suppleness....2 applications...2 hours

4) Vacuum Inside & apply Vodka with old terrycloth sock inside to sanitize & freshen

5) New polish (Creme-Meltonian)

6) Let Dry 1/2 hr

7) Brush

8) New Laces

9) Buff with soft flannel cloth

10) Back in the shoe trees to 'rest & re-shape'

Voila.

I only do this as a hobby.
How did I do?
 

Reggs

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Is the vodka common? I've never heard of that before.
 

Steve B.

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PFG
 

Nexus6

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Well the Vodka thing I may have invented
It's certainly more fragrant than Isopropol Alcohol.
it gives off a new shoe kind of scent.

I would >never< use the Vodka on the upper outsides tho.
It'll take polish off
 

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Holy crap that's awesome. Amazing job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

ManofKent

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Looks a really good job
 

fritzl

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i liked the original colour better, but well done.

invest in better laces.
 

FidelCashflow

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Those are some impressive results. That's something to brag about.
 

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I'm a purist, I like all the imperfections and blemishes that come with a worn shoe, its a signature of the wearer as well. But you did a great job fixing them up, they look very sharp, I like the diamondness of the last (without being a pointed toe).
 

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Very well done.
 

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That is impressive. I plan on doing the same to a couple pairs I have laying around that definitely need some sprucing up. I'm thinking of going with a nice dark brown though.

Congrats on a job well done!
 

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Although I wish you had kept the original color, it was nicely done.
 

flipster

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Nice! Why did you decide to dye them black?
 

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Get some thinner laces and they'll look spectacular.
 

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