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

  1. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    nope, unfortunately devoid of such brilliant ideas.
     


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    There was this kid I grew up with that in like 4th or 5th grade told me he would take the front wheel off of his bicycle, rest his shoe on the wheel and insert his penis into the shoe and roll back and forth on the wheel from hands to feet. He claimed it was best best feeling ever. I never got around to trying it though, I thought maybe tomcat had too, discovered this method of giving yourself pleasure from ones shoes.
     


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    Hope ur not passing up ur patented process in the name of ur friend.
     


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    Ok, thanks for the info. I know I'm probably making this too much of a deal. I did find, however, that after using a couple layers of paste wax with a wet cloth that they shined up even nicer. They're not perfectly consistent but I'm happy with them now.
     


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    For those of you with white stitching on your shoes (i.e. Alden Indy Boots) how do you handle the discoloration--yellowing--of the stitching? I've found that gentle scrubbing doesn't seem to do much. I have applied two coats of Obenauf's LP and I'm guessing that led to a little "dulling" of the white. Due to the LP, my 403's are developing a lovely patina, but I would like a way to bring the stitching back to white if it is possible.
     


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    Coating them with LP does seem to bring a slight bit of finish from the upper onto the shoes, but it seems to stabilize quite soon.

    I believe it's difficult to address the issue of the stitching without moderately affecting the finish in that region. You could try gently brushing them with highly diluted dish soap and a soft bristled toothbrush, but I would condition the leather after to make sure no soap was left to affect the leather. I don't think any harm should come of the approach I described, as it's used on leather seats. Still, no matter what you do, it's at your own discretion and any result would remain your responsibility.

    Good luck.
     
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    I just received my shipment of GlenKaren. Anyone find the conditioner/cleaner to have the consistency of syrup or something like it? For whatever reason, I was expecting more of a cream body. Somehow the jar lid loosened in transit and the conditioner leaked all over. Not a big deal, just curious to hear others' experiences. Looking forward trying it out soon.
     
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    I have run into the leaking problem in the past with the cleaner/conditioner, which is why I now put a seal in the lid for that product. The other polish products are not as thin in consistency so I don't use a seal for them. Was there a seal in the lid of the cleaner/conditioner you received? I would be happy to replace the cleaner/conditioner if you like.
     


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    The consistency of the cleaner conditioner has a lot to do with temperature because of the coconut oil. It spreads incredibly well and you don't need to use a lot at all.
     


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    Hopefully this can be answered here. The leather lining covering one of my insoles has started to wrinkle up. It seems to be the sort of insole where there is a bit of leather and cushioning glued onto the insole, but only from the heel up to around the arch of the foot. When I peeled off the wrinkled leather lining and cushioning, I can see the top of some nails. Would replacing this leather lining and cushioning for just the heel portion of the shoe be an easy fix for a cobbler?
     


  13. Fred G. Unn

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    I think it has a lot to do with the beeswax as well. I make my own "board butter" from beeswax and mineral oil for treating my end grain cutting board and it's about the same consistency. I just got my first shipment of GK on Saturday. Seems like great stuff so far!
     


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    What you are referring to is called the sock-liner. Don't be alarmed, as it's not an integral component of the shoe. Covering those nails back up would be a good idea, both for your comfort as well as keeping them from being exposed to moisture as much as possible. I would think that a competent cobbler could make quick work of that. Depending upon the manufacturer, you may even be able to call their customer service and ask for a new sock liner that you could insert yourself.
     


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    Glen, there was not a seal on my jar of conditioner. Seeing as I have a very well conditioned cardboard box and about half a jar, I'll take you up on the offer. I was planning on placing an order for a jar of black polish for a friend, so feel free to place the jar in that shipment. It is very generous of you. My order will be under the last name Stone. Again, I appreciate the stellar customer service.
     


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