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Soft leather, trees and wrinkles

alchimiste

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When I remove the shoe trees from my Gravatis the tension on the leather drops and wrinkles tend to appear. Did anybody have a similar problem?
 

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Agree with doc, happened to both my grensons, my harris, and martegani's, well the pretty much all my decent dress shoes so i hope this is natural.
 

alchimiste

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This is perfectly natural, if you mean what I think you mean.
I don't. I mean wrinkling on a small length scale, not creases at flex point. Take a rubber band, pull on it a bit and add a coat of wax or paint of whatever, then let go. The coating will crack or buckle. This is about what happens to my shoes.
 

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I figured my answer was too obvious, so I hope it didn't offend. I've never heard of your problem. What I find odd is that the shoe trees cause the wrinkles to disappear. I have some lightweight Italian shoes that develop fine lines all over with wear, but shoe trees make no difference. A bit of shoe cream helps with mine -- have you tried that? Does it have any effect?

Curiously, it sounds like there's an elasticity differential within the leather -- somehow the top layer is drawn less tightly than the rest. But that makes no sense. Good luck finding an answer.
 

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do you mean rippling? Like there is a small layer the is creating wrinkles on a top layer of leather and when the tree is inserted it stretches it out? Can you post pics?
 

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do you mean rippling? Like there is a small layer the is creating wrinkles on a top layer of leather and when the tree is inserted it stretches it out?
Yes.

Can you post pics?
Maybe.
 

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