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

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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bingo. I'd give Richard a call.
     
  2. Burzan

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    Lol only the third wearing and I went to put on my Alden Indys and noticed I did some nice damage to the heel.

    Any suggestions on how to clean up the damage a bit?

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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  5. Burzan

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    easy enough, thx!
     
  6. leicadokyu

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    Guess what. I no longer worry of the awful crease as Richard of shoe healer will be replacing it with a brand new pair. What a great customer service and that move definitely made me one of their many loyal customers. :)
     
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    I've never experienced issue resolution with them, but I can give mad props to Shoe Healer's service and I'm unsurprised that they came through for you.
     
  8. leicadokyu

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    I'm still hoping that they will send me the best replacement though. I dont want to experience the same issue again. Will keep you guys posted. :)
     
  9. Munky

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    Thanks for the useful comments about my changing some horrible tan shoes (the tan was horrible, not the shoes) into a darker shade. I did this, successfully, using thin layers of dark brown cream, over a few days. As a final, triumphal blast, I used black polish on the top. I have to say that I found the black polish to make no difference at all. While the shoes took the dark brown well, the black seemed to be a case of 'wipe on, wipe off). Anyway, I am pleased with the overall outcome.

    Yours, as always, Munky.
     
  10. tifosi

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    Got before and after pics by any chance?
     
  11. dasani

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    Going to be cleaning my Cole Haan Chukka Boots tonight and will post the results. They look a little dull and it's time for a cleanup/shine. It'll be my first attempt so I hope all goes well

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  12. Stirling

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    Glad to hear it, hope you used decent quality creams :)
     
  13. Chanklebury

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    Except that is a stock photo and not one of your dull boots.
     
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    Is this considered a mirror finish, or should I keep going?(that's not a crease on the toe, but part of the window in front of the shoe.
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  15. Shiny

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    Can a cobbler add a permanent heel pad to my shoes? I'm using those stick-on types. They are thin like about 3-5mm. They are ok, but the glue wears off and they fall off. My shoes are 360 degree goodyear welted AE Park avenues.
     
  16. Munky

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    Re: the darkening of my tan shoes. I used polishes I had to hand: a brown Woly cream and then a darker Saphir one. The black polish, that didn't do anything, was bought especially for the project, from the local supermarket. I don't have before and after photos, unfortunately, as I don't have a camera or mobile phone.

    I see that Saphir do a 'teinture Francaise', though I wouldn't imagine too many people would want to use this dye. It comes with a rubber glove and an applicator. It all sounds a bit too Freudian for me. Available from a Fine Pair of Shoes and all good surgical supplies outlets.
     
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    The black cap toes at the bottom of the pic.. Those are awesome.
     
  18. Nakedsnake

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    Wondering if anyone here could tell me about Alden's Neo-cork sole? I asked over there, but didn't get a response. It would also be nice to get an unbiased one as well. I have no clue what the neo-cork sole is really made of (a composite of neoprene and leather from what I read?) and any info is hard to find. I am thinking about a pair of indy's down the road. A more technical answer is fine by me (probably preferred).

    Also, would it be ill advised to get a topy on the Indy's (or any other shoe really) and just perpetually get that changed, as opposed to changing the whole sole? I've yet to find a cobbler I trust in my city, and shipping out a pair of boots back to alden or AE, would be around $220+, which is hard to justify on these brands. I don't mind the look and feel of the topy.
     
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    I only have one pair of boots (NatCXL Indys) with a neo-cork sole. I don't mind the looks/aesthetics of the neo-cork sole. But what I really dislike is their weight. They are heavier than double JR leather, double waterlock, Dainite or commando. I actually weigh every boot when they first arrive so I wouldn't call this scientific but whatever.

    The neo-cork Indys weigh in at 1lb 11oz (each boot). The next heaviest boot I have is a C&J with double leather soles and that's 1lb 9oz. The next heaviest Alden is a #8 PCT boot at 1lb 8oz.

    The neo-cork soles just make the boots feel so clunky and heavy. I will go with something else when I get them resoled. Maybe Dainite.

    I don't have a technical answer for you but I thought they were a composite of neoprene and cork (not leather). Maybe you just mistyped. I'm sure there are many who will love these soles. Just not me.

    Good luck.
     
  20. tifosi

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    When you posted that on the Alden thread, I googled it and I couldn't find anything on it. I was surprised. I have never had an Indy on the neocork. But I'm curious for the answer.
     

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