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Shoe Antiquing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RIDER, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. TWU2014

    TWU2014 Senior member

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    This is the exact color, shine, and finish I am looking for in a pair of shoes I trying to restore. Outstanding job.
     
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    Beat up old pair of nettletons that seen better days.

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  3. Yellowevo84

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    Angela1233 I am confused about your posts. Are you looking to find out if these can be changed color or antiqued?
     
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    I have a pair of $60 Georgio Brutini double monks. The color got a little screwed up because I used a darker brown polish than the shoes color. Would this process cover up these spots? Is it even worth it to do this on inexpensive dress shoes?
     
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    Torzano. It's really not worth doing this on a pair of Georgio brutini shoes. One of my friends gave me a pair to do and the only reason I entertained him was because of our friendship. The leather is quite bad and unfortunately is very hard to get a consistant color on the leather. I would save your money and invest in a higher quality shoe. For what it's worth here is the Georgio brutini shoe I did for my friend.

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    Well done Crat ;-) ,,..,love the red bit left on the toe
     
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    These are some AEs I picked up very cheaply on eBay. There are before pics I have yet to load, but this is after stripping with something called "Dry Cleaner" (no brand on the label) and a few coats of Renovateur and a resoling. I'm thinking these could be a good candidate for a first shot at antiquing. Between the creases and bits of old polish I feel as though they may begin to look antique with a proper polish on top of this, though what colour I'm not sure. It's probably too difficult to tell from this image, but I'm not sure I've done a sufficient job stripping them. Particularly along the brogueing and there are some dark spots along the sole.

    I'm hoping for some suggestions on what people here would do with these (other than throw them out :p).

    My inspiration right now....
    I was thinking something like this maybe: 1299411 ?
    Or these posted by Rider 99h00o.jpg
    dandy-shoe-care-x-j-fitzpatrick-blog-exclusive-examples01_grande.jpg I really like this, probably my ideal, but I think they may be too advanced for me to aspire to.
    DSCF4273_copia_grande.JPG These are gorgeous but I'm not sure that's the conservative business dress look I'm going for.
     
  8. Yellowevo84

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    Fosterions, please do not throw out the shoes as there is always something that can be done to revive and make them beautiful again. I will say prep work is the key so if you feel there is old polish still on there you will want to strip,them some more. The pics by dandy shoe care is pretty advanced stuff. He is compounding multiple colors and layers to create those affects. All of which just takes time and practice. Just start with lighter colors first and work your way to the darker tones. Don't start with your desired color first or you won't get the affect your looking for.
     
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    I like the natural patina on those more than I'd like most "antiqued" finishes.
     
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    Yellowevo84 is correct. You gotta make sure that you prep it properly before applying dye. Make sure that all traces of previous polishes are gone.
    No harm is doing something like Alexander's but start with light tones and work your way into the darker tones. You also gotta mix your colours with a lightening base or mix different colours to get that effect.
     
  11. Yellowevo84

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    Time for another.

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    Good job on these! I like the orange, tan, yellow, and brown tones.
     
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    Hey Crat may you describe the process? I have a two eyelet EG pair that i want do this on.
     
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    Kenchi If this is your first time dying a shoe, I would recommend trying this on a less expensive pair first so you get the hang of it. trying it on a pair of edward greens is gutsy especially if something goes wrong or you don't like it. Don't want to put you off but just giving my 2 cents [​IMG]
     
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    I am gonna ship this pair of nos florsheim imperials to a fellow texans Yellowevo84 to do his magic. Before photos

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    Another pair of nos bostonian saddle shoes that will eventually go through a patina transformation.

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    Twu2014 I'm really excited to work on the florsheims, and those saddle shoes are just begging for a patina lol
     
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    Update; I "gave" the shoes to Chris @ AShine. Pretty much told him my direction (antiqued toe to cover oiled stains) and gave him carte blanche to do as he wishes (keeping it as understated as possible). After foundation was laid, he started to strip it all back.

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    Here is the latest before they are ready for conditioning. Unfortunately, someone spilled CORDOVAN stain on the heel. After as good as cleaning as possible, the heel will now be slightly darkened (dirty heel look) so its not too evident. The tongue is lightly colored as well.

    C'est la vie. I considered the shoes a loss (and they are seven years old) so not to worried about it.

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  19. TWU2014

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    My shoes are still in storage. Still moving into my new place. I will be shipping soon.
     
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    Sfo423 I'm not sure I would call those understated due to the heavy patina on the toes but it's a cool color combo and I'm sure there is no stain now:)
     

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