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Shoe Antiquing Service?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sartorially Challenged, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. Sartorially Challenged

    Sartorially Challenged Senior member

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    I was blown away by the antiquing efforts of some folks on this forum (here and here).

    They make it look so easy!

    As I am utterly un-handy, I'd like to know if there is professional help. Do cobblers generally do this sort of thing? And how much does it cost?
     


  2. Roger

    Roger Senior member

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    I was blown away by the antiquing efforts of some folks on this forum (here and here).

    They make it look so easy!

    As I am utterly un-handy, I'd like to know if there is professional help. Do cobblers generally do this sort of thing? And how much does it cost?

    Great question. After some ham-handed efforts on my own part, I've wondered this too!
     


  3. arced

    arced Senior member

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    Good question! I bought a pair of those Chawner doublemonks that Nerdykarim and norcaltransplant worked their seperate, but equal, magic on. Nonetheless, I'm too inexperienced, lazy, and impatient to attempt it... [​IMG]
     


  4. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Many, many French cobblers offer patination services. Didn't see any in the States.
     


  5. gza

    gza Senior member

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    My cobbler claims to be able to do this, but I'm not entirely confident in that claim yet. I plan to take in a picture (maybe from the "one pic of shoes by day" thread) and see what he says.
     


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    Tomasso Senior member

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  7. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Senior member

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    Good question! I bought a pair of those Chawner doublemonks that Nerdykarim and norcaltransplant worked their seperate, but equal, magic on. Nonetheless, I'm too inexperienced, lazy, and impatient to attempt it... [​IMG]

    I'm flattered.
    The problem with my antiqing job was that I used so much polish the finish cracked every time the shoe bends. If I wanted to keep the finish, I'd have to polish them at least twice a day to keep them looking decent. Yesterday, I spent around 3 hours working on the right shoe...again:
    [​IMG]
    They're slightly darker all around (which I like) and there's a little bit of an accent on the toe cap (which I also like). Best of all, though, the finish stays intact when the shoe bends. I plan on using dark brown on the toe cap and light brown everywhere else when I polish and letting a patina develop quasi-naturally. The picture really doesn't do them justice.

    I believe Norcaltransplant lightened his shoes as well, but I'll let him share the new pictures. [​IMG]
     


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