Shoe repairs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I recently found a really nice pair of Alden shoes at a thrift store on my regular circuit, but since they had a scratch in the leather I didn't really look further. The next day they were gone, so I assume either someone bought them or the nice ladies there found the scratch and deemed them unsuitable (they do this at that store).

    My question is to what extent can shoes be repaired to look acceptable for use or resale? What kind of damage is repairable and what is the end of a shoe? The scratch in question went through the top layer of leather on the heel counter, but it wasn't deep. Is this something that could be fixed? How much damage have people successfully gotten repaired?

    Thanks.
     


  2. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

    Messages:
    10,283
    Likes Received:
    125
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2002
    Location:
    San Antonio
    J.

    There's a place in NYC that is fabulous for shoe repair. Shoe Service Plus, 15 W. 55th St., NY, NY 10019, 212.262.4823. I've always dropped problem shoes off there when I'm in town, and they've shipped them back- so I bet they'd take ship-ins...
     


  3. FIHTies

    FIHTies Senior member

    Messages:
    2,959
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Location:
    Back and Better Than Before
    J:

    I know that Johnston and Murphy offers a total shoe restoration for about half the price of the shoe new, so I would Imagine that some pretty impressive things can be done with leather. Is there any way to contact the company directly and ask them?

    Steve: You promised about that quote...
     


  4. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    What I'm really interested to hear is if anyone has examples of the extent of damage they've had repaired. Can a scratch through the leather be fixed somehow? Are there any sites anyone knows of that show before and after pics of shoe repairs?
     


  5. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

    Messages:
    796
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    May 1, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle
    J:

    I have a white colored scratch on the toe of a pair of burgandy shoes made of calf leather. I bought some cover up material of the same color and left it on over night, but the scratch is still there. I haven't taken it to a professional to have anything done, but I imagine that that could be repaired.

    Tere was a thread about using a shoe bone lubricated with polish to smooth out scratches in cordovan, but I have not seen any before or after pictures on line.

    Bic
     


  6. earlburtnett

    earlburtnett Member

    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2015
    Can any recommend a good leather balm to me?

    Lenny
     


  7. turkoftheplains

    turkoftheplains Senior member

    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    113
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Lexol.
     


  8. earlburtnett

    earlburtnett Member

    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2015
    Thanks but I ment that shines....
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by