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

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

  1. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    I'll try to keep up. I've always thought the black stuff was waxes and tar, and was melted before applied. Something I should've known...

    And gents, even when I deny myself as Dave C., you may as well be eligible to call me a douche bag...
     
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    Post less, read and think more :)
     
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    I did something bad didn't I? :(
     
  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Dinna fash yerself, laddie. Everybody is born ignorant. Learning is the great adventure.
     
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  5. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    True...
     
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    DW, regarding heel and sole edges, though, were they rubbed with sand papers prior inking and waxing? I tried to smooth some AE's sole edges on my own with a deer bone and seems to work, but too much reading leads to too much confusions at the same time.
     
  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Handmade Shoes For Men. Lazlo Vass
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    They must be rasped and sanded to shape and good even maximum fineness.

    After that, the best way I've found is to wet them, rub them with a bone or a burnishing tool until they are surface dry and shiny. Then, right before dying them. Lightly sand them with pretty fine paper (I go as high as 800 grit Abralon) to break the shine. Dye.

    Lightly burnish again with the bone and then apply wax. Buff.
     
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    I had the edges done partially right then, I guess.
     
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    Question to all of you who are currently owning a deer bone - do you get an oily residue left behind or some kind of heavy, waxy, fatty, thick surface? I get the latter, not the former, and I am wondering if the bone is alright.
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I use a piece of polished cow bone shaped to my needs. I kind of think the "deer" bone business is a gimmick...but who knows? Most of the time I use a very hard, fine grained, polished wooded "rub stick." So no residues from either of them.

    Shoemakers have used bones time-out-of-mind for burnishing and polishing. Originally, they were human bones taken from a third century shoemaker hero who later became a Saint--Saint Crispin (or in the English version--St. Hugh).
     
  13. ScuffedBluchers

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    fantasizing about quitting my job and learning to make and repair bad ass shoes.

    No I'm not.

    Yes I am.

    How does anyone get into that business, though? I see the arc for carpenters, plumbers and other craftsman... but shoes? This is interesting.
     
  14. traverscao

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    I've heard of "chair legs" from Carre Ducker, I've seen St. Crispin shoemakers using hammer's shaft, among other shoemakers, but human bone was certainly the first for me to hear (or to even think) of.

    A YouTube video of phototristan showed his process of smoothing shell cordovan with deer bone gave me an impression that deer bones leaves oily residue. However, my bone leaves a fatty, thick residue, and I'm fairly surprised.
     
  15. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    From The Honourable Cordwainers' Company website

     
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  16. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Don't give up your day job.

    Seriously....first, you have to decide whether you want to make shoes or money.

    If the latter, work/train in a factory. If the former, you need to find someone who will teach you.
     
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    Sounds like writing. I'll stick to that.
     
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    Though if I can figure out a way to write about shoemaking I'll be all over it!
     
  19. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Resist the impulse...for your sanity. There's a dispiriting abundance of people writing about shoemaking, most of whom have never gotten their hands dirty, wouldn't know the difference between a taw and a tingle and yet presume to tell everyone who will listen about shoes and shoemaking.

    Write about what you know...therein lies authenticity.

    --
     
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    The less you know about shoemaking the better you will be able to write about shoemaking. Romanticized fictions.
     

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