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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. bik2101

    bik2101 Senior Member

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    recently got a pair of oxfords that fit fine on my left foot but are a bit too tight on my right foot. if i brought this to a cobbler, should this be a fairly easy thing to fix?
     

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    Tight in width or length?
     

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    ah sorry should have been clear with that. yeah in width. i'm wearing it right now in hopes that it might stretch out a bit.
     

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    A cobbler should be able to put it on a stretcher for a few days to widen it.
     

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    thanks.. do you think that would be an expensive thing? or should it be fairly cheap?
     

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    should be pretty inexpensive
     

  7. bik2101

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    awesome. thanks
     

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    I have just had this done at a cobbler. It cost about the equivalent of 13$, and I even had to have it done twice.
     

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    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    5 - 10 bucks.
     

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    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    You could always find a guy with a really big donkey dick to put it in there for a few days for free. That's what I do. PM me for his deets.
     

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    Please don't spread my personal information without asking.
     

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    Okay, I don't know if I'm doing it wrong, but I've noticed that my shoes seem to be much more susceptible to water damage after applying Saphir Renovateur. Is it at all possible that even a very light application of renovateur would strip off enough existing polish to make a difference, and that I haven't applied enough cream / wax afterward to compensate?

    For reference: here are some pictures of my Loake 1880s. I applied a very thin coat of renovateur after about two months of wear, then put on two thin coats of collonil waterstop cream and a thin layer of Saphir wax. I made sure to let each layer dry competely before buffing with a horsehair brush. The dirt and discolouration you see is exclusively from wearing them in light rain for about a half-hour this morning. I think the toe's only unscathed due to my attempts toward a mirror shine...

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    Is it Renovateur? Is it me not adding enough polish? Or is this just something I have to get used to when I'm wearing leather shoes in the rain?

    (The shoes look better in real life, but only just...)
     

  13. bik2101

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    Lol. Thanks all for the info.

    Sent from my ADR6425LVW using Tapatalk 2
     

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    When I was in the The Royal Life guards I spit polished my boots to be ready for use every third day guarding the Queen. If we had a boot that looked like this we would get a note ( 5 notes equals a fine of approx 100$). To avoid this we used small cotton pads and lots of water. Lots of water should only be used in the end. And use veeeeery little polish. This should do it. I'll spit shine some shoes and post :)

    Regards, Philip
     

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    In my time in the Royal Life Guards (Denmark) we would get a note for these scratches (5 notes equals a fine of apox 100$). To get rid of these small scratches we used small cotton pads, lots of water and veeeeery lille polish! And change the cotton pads often. To finish we used to breathe on it and use that with the water. I'll spit shine a piar of shoes soon and post :)
    regards
     

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