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

  1. basilios

    basilios Member

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    Howdy all. Question for the indy owners here.


    After a few months of wear my indys have stretched and my pinkie toes deform the leather. Has this happened to anyone else? Is there anything I can do? Or will my toe eventually break through the leather.


    Also every time I step down the stairs my left boot makes a squeak/whoosh sound. Sort of like air coming out of the boot. Anyone else have this happen to them too?
     


  2. wurger

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    Those will be more than fine, I use woodlores for brands that doesn't come with lasted trees.
     


  3. P Hudson

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    Thanks, Patrick. Could you briefly expand on what you mean when you say you 'just treat [yours] like calf'? To me, that would mean something like 1) wipe down with a clean cloth, 2) brush after every wear, 3) apply Reno or Saphir polish every couple weeks. Is that about it? My shell routine is a bit different, but I don't get the shine that you do (and I never even imagined the shine in PatrickB's pictures).
     


  4. jd13jd13

    jd13jd13 Senior member

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    patrickBOOTH, what make are those wholecuts?
     


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    Dig the boots.............
     


  6. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    X2
     


  7. PCK1

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    They are Saint Crispin's
     


  8. Munky

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    Goodness, Patrick, you have some incredible shoes.
     


  9. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Mate, realise majority of us can't read Chinese.

    But, he was saying, kindly, Patrick, you have unbelievable shoes.
     


  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I brush them, use Glenkaren cream on the vamps and bull the toes and heels with Glenkaren high shine paste. The only thing I use renovateur for is a small dab (maybe half the size of a pea) on the toes and heels when the bulling gets slightly dull and brush. Brings the shine up again.
     


  11. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    How effective is shoe stretching?

    The length of my suede chukka is perfect, but I need to go up one size in width. Right now it’s 9D, but I think 9E works better for me. Is it risky to get a shoe stretched?
     


  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Generally it is not risky. You should be aware, however, that if the suede is not a full grain, "reverse suede" but a split, the leather will tend to get thinner and "softer" (looser fiber mat) in the areas you stretch. It helps of course of the shoe is lined, but, on the other hand, an unlined chukka might be more likely (but not guaranteed) to be reverse suede than a split.

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  13. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Quote:He sure does.
     


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    I have found in the past that jeans have a tendency to leak dye onto my lighter colored shoes when it rains and as a consequence I don't buy jeans anymore. Is there any assured way i can buy jeans that don't cross contaminate my shoes? (I have found that even fairly expensive jeans leak color on shoes).
     


  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Blue in Green in soho in New York sells no-fade denim. They swear it won't leak or fade. Apparently they sourced the same dyes they use on military uniforms and such. Maybe give those a shot? Not sure how many brands incorporate this dye, but the ones that I happened to come across were a joint project between Blue in Green and Pure Blue Japan.
     


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