**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

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

  1. VegTan

    VegTan Senior member

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    because it is difficult to hold a pair in one hand...?
     


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    patrick_b Senior member

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    Is there an aftermarket/non OEM sole alternative to Alden's waterlock? My understanding is that Alden won't resole with a different sole than what was on from the factory. I have a pair of Alden crepe soled suede chukkas and I'd love to have a waterlock sole installed after the crepe wears out.
     


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    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    Nick V has said that it us a waste of money to apply protectors to badly worn soles. Apparently they do not last.

    I have experimented with applying a 2mm smiling sheet over a soft sole, then a Vibram protector over that. I makes the sole firm again. Too soon to tell about longevity. I have not tried it on shoes with holes.

    The results do not look like new, but good enough for tinkering on casual weekend shoes.

    Wearing the shoes with the hole, I gather, will lead to rapid damage to the insoles.
     


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  9. VegTan

    VegTan Senior member

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    you're right, thank you

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  10. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Thanks so much for sharing the link and the great photos of your investment in time.

    Reading the full text of what you encountered is also a pleasure:


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    It is no secret that I have a fondness for polishing shoes, despite the derision it elicits from some. Some find it to be an affectation to spend time polishing a pair of shoes, some find the mirror shine too obvious.

    But the reason I like a well polished, well worn shoe has a little more method than the madness that is peacockery. To me, there is something both luxurious and frugal about a shoe that has been well worn, but lovingly cared for.

    Luxurious in that it takes time, the greatest of all luxuries, and while it doesn’t require the most expensive shoe money can buy, the higher quality the shoe, the better the shine. It is a polished looked to accompany beautifully tailored clothing.

    But it is also frugal because, it is at heart a way of extending the life of a pair of shoes. Not for the grossly wealthy or newly made, it is empowering to the average man, because it takes a certain integrity of character to be able to have your shoes improving with age. It takes effort, and isn’t easily bought. Anyone with sufficient funds can go and buy beautiful shoes, but having them look better with each wear, with each year, is something that requires more consideration.

    So I polish my shoes, and find them getting better with each wear. As part of a wardrobe of tailored clothing in traditional weights of cloth, it is something I expect to grow with me, getting it’s own special patina with time.
     


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    glad you liked it :)
     


  12. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Alright guys, need some opinions. I have a very well worn pair of JL shoes that I have had for about 4 years. They appear to need a full sole replacement. I was thinking to either use B Nelson, or perhaps Perry Ercolino. I know Perry will be at least twice what B Nelson is, but is it worth it? Perry does bespoke resoling, so I figure his skill may be more advanced than B Nelson, but not sure if it's needed in my case.

    I would like the same style of sole on them (a thin rubber sole, for comfort).

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    I guess these shoes prove that I don't simply wear shoes once or twice and then sell them... :D
     
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    GothamRed Senior member

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    Why not a lobb resole/recraft? Cost?
     


  14. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    I think a Lobb recraft runs close to $500, and probably 1-2 months turnaround. I am keeping that as a last resort option.
     


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    i would go with b.Nelson!! in kirby's blog says it was 168 with the shipping and used J&R soles!
    in photos his job looks really good!! i think Patrick can say more as he have an in persone experience with him!

    in my country sole leather has about 20euro/kg(this is about for 2-3pairs) so i dont think it worth pay 300$+ for resoling the only benefit resoling at JL is that they ll use the original lasts!! nothing more at my opinion
     


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