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Scraped part of the shoe front off, what can I do?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ahe, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. ahe

    ahe Senior Member

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    Hi guys, I accidentally scraped the top of my florsheim's on the sidewalk and the lost a large piece on the front of the shoe. The damage doesn't really have much depth but it seems like it took off a good chunk off the surface... (The may or may not be cordovan, im not completely sure, the ebay seller listed them as cordovan and they don't say made in india or china) Is there anything I can do to repair the shoe, or should I write it off as a loss?
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    That ain't SHELL CORDOVAN, based the the fine creasing pattern.

    It is cordvan-colored shoe though.

    It is corrected-grain leather, which explains why it is so thin and scraped off so easily.

    Avoid these Made in India/China articles from Florsheim in the future.
     


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    ahe Senior Member

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    Ok, with that said is there anything I can do to repair?
     


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    Leather dye is probably your only option. That, and a shit-load of polish.

    Fiebings is good stuff. You can get it from ebay and apply it with a q-tip.

    Stuart
     


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    A good Cobbler can sand that down.
     


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    onix Distinguished Member

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    I had similar scrapes like that on my black shoes (much smaller though). I took it to a cobbler and he made it look like normal, cost me $15, look like he dyed it. Under very close inspection and right lighting, I can tell that part was not as smooth as it should be, but good enough for me.

    Take it to your cobbler and see what he can do.
     


  7. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    Lesson learned: don't buy Florsheim "cordovan" shoes on eBay. Close to 100% of the "vintage" or "cordovan" Florsheims being sold on eBay are corrected-grain, made-in-China/India pieces of shite.
     


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    Ok, with that said is there anything I can do to repair?

    Your better off spending your time and money buying better shoes, I'm afraid.

    Time can be spent earning money or scouring the internet for deals on better shoes, and money is...money.
     


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    ahe Senior Member

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    Duly noted, I will certainly keep that in mind, I only paid 25 bucks so I don't feel too bad but I will have to pick up a couple of pairs of Allen Edmonds
     




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    will alden restoration sand it for you or no? I have a similar problem with my full strap black loafers on one of the toes.

    I would think that Alden restoration is only willing to work on their own shoes, not other brands.
     


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    Duly noted, I will certainly keep that in mind, I only paid 25 bucks so I don't feel too bad but I will have to pick up a couple of pairs of Allen Edmonds

    They'll cost more than what you paid to fix them. Buy new shoes.
     


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    What you need to do is get oxblood dye by fiebings at tandyleatherfactory.com

    Then spend about 30 minutes using cordovan wax and buffing, repeating, and honestly they should be fine. It will cost you 10 dollars at most for these supplies.

    At worst, just use cordovan polish and go at it.
     


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    I would think that Alden restoration is only willing to work on their own shoes, not other brands.

    right...sorry i meant to include that this is a pair of aldens for BB
     


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    Jesus Christ, just get a dark red sharpie and go to work.
     


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