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

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    this happens when you hold the boot down with the other boot to get out of it. been there, done that, sh.t happens sometimes more often. actually, it is standard wear.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That is in no way standard wear on used boots. None of mine have anything near to that. I would unleash the wrath of ebay on his chewed up ass.
     
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    Thanks everybody for the advice.

    I don't have a deer bone, so I rubbed down the leather with a shoe horn for lack of a better tool and applied a coat of reno. I also put some pigmented shoe creme on the stacked heel to smooth that out.

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    Its not perfect yet, but I think its getting better. I'm going to try another coat of creme on the heel and maybe some polish on the leather itself to try to smooth out the nicks.
     
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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    polish is cosmetic.

    as much as we are told that leather is "alive", it is not. It is dead. Like your hair.

    Nothing you put on it is going to repair actual damage. It might make it look better though.
     
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    Id' lightly sand the heel stack, and recolour. Will smooth out very well.
     
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    I'd polish the heals as well. With enough coats the polish will fill in all the little holes and the heal will look just fine.

    Luckily the damaged area on the leather is in a location that is not going to crack from flexing. Once the polish has accumulated to the point that the scratches are filled in the effect will be fairly stable.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't sand it. That is horrible advise. Use wax polish to fill that it and like I said do the mirror shine technique. Adding the water is what helps push the wax into the leather.
     
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    Nothing wrong with sanding the heel (but not the upper leather). After all, heels and sole edges get sanded in the factory or workshop. Just be careful not to slip, adding additional scratches to the upper leather. For protection you can tape the upper section off using masking tape.

    Alternatively use a craft blade, hold it flat to the heel and scrape.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was talking about the uppers. The heel, of course, would be ok.
     
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    What's the best way to take care of gum soles?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hear that you can use peanut butter to get gum off of soles.
     
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    ..:foo:
     
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    Use a piece of ice to freeze the gum and then scrape it off. Much cleaner than peanut butter!
     
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    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The Saphir Edge Dressing would actually work much better than polish. Polish can rub off onto furniture, etc. The Creme Renovator Repair Cream is just pigment and resin. It will fill in the holes, dry, and then never come off.

    You could certainly also sand it and then use a edge dressing dye. But I would definitely not use shoe polish.
     
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    I.e cleaning and maintainng gum soles?

    Do you mean crepe soles?

    Would be interested in this too, though would think soapy water and a brush would be your best bet.
     

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