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Spoo-liscious Edward Green Crocodile Shoes Restoration Project

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LatinStyleLover, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. LatinStyleLover

    LatinStyleLover Senior member

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    Some of you might remember the Edward Green Crocodile shoes listed in Cool Shoes, Paraphernalia & Desiderata - Part II? Well, I was able to persuade my dad to take a chance on them and turn them into one of his projects. He has severe pain management issues and working on a project like this has an amazing therapeutic effect on him. So, he got them a few days ago and has already begun the work of restoring them. I thought it might make for a great before/after thread? First, they were not as bad as the photos and description suggested. While the leather used at the heel to replace the damaged crocodile was a horrible match, it was done quite neatly along the seam and so can be re-done properly. It just so happens that my dad has a large collection of exotic leather that he keeps just for projects like this one. He has already found what he calls the “perfect match.” Upon receiving them, he cleaned them up and then dyed the heel patch to match the rest of the shoe. He then treated them with Lexol. After the Lexol he used Saphir dark brown cream and then finished that with Saphir dark brown paste. He also used some Fiebing’s Edge dressing to finish them off. Those are the pictures you see below. Next, he is going to have the heel patch re-done using some crocodile leather that he has matched to the shoes. He believes it will be difficult to identify the repair if done correctly. When that is completed he is sending them to Edward Green for re-crafting (new soles, heels, and metal toe plate). When he gets them back he says I can offer them here first, so, you might want to watch the progress in this thread? BEFORE (condition received in): [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] AFTER (Initial cleaning, polishing, as described above): [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] More photos to come as the project progresses..........
     
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  2. jrd617

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    In B4 Spoo.

    Nice croc. What did they go for an eBay, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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  3. LatinStyleLover

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    I am not certain, but I think he said it was over $100, but under $200? I know he thinks it was a bargain, now that he has them!
     
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    Make sure he gets a painted waist on the sole from EG, I think it would match the shoe colour nicely.
     
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    Holy crap, that's a hell of a restoration. I'm amazed at how well they've responded.
     
  6. LatinStyleLover

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    I will pass on the cudos, but that really is not the restoration, it is just the initial cleaning, conditioning, and polishing, but it does show what doing those things can do for a pair of shoes.
     
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  7. Adarael

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    Well, that's what I mean: if that's a mere cleaning, conditioning, and polishing, that's pretty amazing.
     
  8. SpooPoker

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    sorry for the noob question... but what does spoo have to do with this restoration project?
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I have a deep affinity for croc.
     
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    What do you all think the market would be for Komodo Dragon skin shoes? I'm going to pitch the idea to John Lobb and Edward Greene :nodding:
     
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  12. LatinStyleLover

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    Ah, then point well taken. Yes, regular care for ones shoes would seem obvious to most on this forum, but it is sad how many outside of this forum think they buy a pair of $1500 Edward Green shoes (I know these were more than that, I am just saying "normal" EG shoes) and then you don't have to do anything to maintain them. On this particular pair, for example, many of us were lamenting the fact that the seller would have pruchased these at one time for, as he claimed, more than $4K only to abuse them in the manner his photos suggested. Fortunately, it was not as bad as his photos indicated and proper care did wonders in bringing them back to life. This is why I and two of my brothers bring our shoes to our dad for "care" when we are in the neighborhood because he does make them look quite nice.

    As to Spoo's involvement, which he has already addressed somewhat, Spoo is to croc what the Pope is to Catholicism! A "deep affinity for croc" might be considered minimizing one's obsession.
     
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    Looks good, but I'd try to get it to the same color it was when you started. Maybe it's just the photos, but these would look even better if it was in a lighter brown. I think it'd also look better with the laces laced like they were in the first photos. Minor details hah. Good luck on the restoration and I look forward to seeing the updates!
     
  14. SpooPoker

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    :laugh: Then just wait for the next 8 weeks and what they bring :devil:
     
  15. LatinStyleLover

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    It is absolutely just the photos. The first photos, prior to being worked on, were clearly taken with a flash because the actual shoes, before any conditioniong or polishing was done, was a very dark brown. The color did not change, other than on the repaired heel area which was darkened to match the rest of the shoe.

    Now, this might be wrong, but I am just going on what my 91 year old grandpa has said, and he owned a mens clothing store way back in ancient times, and my dad has confirmed. Straight laces on balmorals--criss-cross on derbies. I still have an open mind on the issue and if one of our experts can provide some verifiable insight to the contrary I might change my position on this, but getting my dad to change his mind would be like getting Repubicans to agree that raising taxes stimulates economic growth while simultaneously getting Democrats to agree that lowering taxes stimulates economic growth. It's not going to happen!
     
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    Awesome.

    I do straight laces on all my shoes, but that's just me.

    Keep us posted!
     
  17. LatinStyleLover

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    So it seems my dad's first choice for making the repair is B. Nelson since he emailed Nick today. The idea is Nick knows shoes, knows Edward Green, and knows how rare a pair of Edward Green crocodile shoes are so he will give them the care they are due. Does anyone know if B. Nelson does this type of repair?

    His second choice is a local leather artisan who does not repair or make shoes, but does amazing stuff with leather so my dad figures he could do what he wants on these. Third choice is a local cobbler who does this kind of stuff but is hit and miss at times and really would have no idea what Edward Green shoes are.

    Are their any other recommendations I could pass on? Thanks.
     
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    what kind of repair? resoling and fixing the heel? can you post pictures?
     
  19. LatinStyleLover

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    No. First, he wants to repair the damage to the heel area where leather was used instead of crocodile. He has a stash of crocodile skins and has found what he thinks is a great match so he wants to remove the current piece of leather and replace it with his crocodile. The re-crafting is going to be done by Edward Green. Actually, he has already contacted Edward Green on the off chance they would be willing to repair the crocodile, but he is not holding out any hope there. So the questions was can B. Nelson sew on the new piece of crocodile where there is currently leather? The one good thing about the repair was they did it along an existing seam and it was done cleanly, although it does not appear that way in the photo. Obviously, if Edward Green says they will do it then he will send it to them for everything, but I have never heard of Edward Green reparing a piece of damaged leather or crocodile in this case?

    As to photos? I did post some at the beginning. What kind of photo are you talking about?
     
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    copied that.

    sole and heel.
     

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