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

  1. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Use some low-tack masking tape to cover the suede section.
     


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    Any update on this? Had you stripped the shoe before? If not, might it be some kind of manufacturer error?

    I have this pair in a different color and would be worked up if I had the same thing happen.,,
     


  3. Munky

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    In the end, I found it impossible not to put something on my new shoes, before I wore them. I spread a dab of neutral Collonil Creme de Luxe and after 20 minutes, gently buffed it off with a cloth. What surprised me was how much dirt there was on the cloth, after I had finished.

    I know the problems associated with extrapolating from a sample of one but, in future, I think I will do the same again with new shoes.
     
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    Isn't it more likely that it was pigment from factory applied wax?
     


  5. Munky

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    No, I don't think so, Chanklebury, this was gray dirt! There was no hint of the burgundy colour of the shoes. Anyway, they look great!
     


  6. Mr. Pink

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    Decided I had no choice but to strip it. The shoes are two or three years old and had never been stripped. I think the layer of wax had become too thick and I'd probably used too much water leading to the separation of the wax layer. In any case, stripped off the old wax with turpentine, then refinished. Here is is after, two coats of cream, three of paste applied dry, and three or four more applied with a drop of water.

    [​IMG]
     


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    BUMP
     


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    I'm planning to buy some Woodlore Ultra shoe trees from Amazon for a friend and myself. I wear a UK9.5 Loake Capital and he wears a UK9 Loake Capital. Is there anyone here using Woodlore Ultra trees who can give a sizing reference? I'm thinking a Large would suit us both. Thanks!
     


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    Simply Lime, I am not too sure what your issue is with. In your first picture, is that the way they looked when you bought them? Or is that the way they looked after you stripped them with acetone? If the former than you shouldn't have bought them in the first place. If the latter, then shame on you for stripping your shoes with acetone. Either way, id just try to match the color with shoe creams applying sparingly, buffing, applied sparingly again, for a few iterations. If the fading of the leather is still coming through they might need to be re-stripped, dyed, and then the finishing rebuilt slowly like mentioned.

    As for Kiwi, who knows? Some claim there's bad stuff in it, but even the best polishes have bad stuff in them and the ones that clam they don't won't tell you what's actually in it, so it's a crap shoot. If it works for you, use it. As for Meltonian creams they are filled with silicones, which aren't great for long term shoe care.
     


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    I would think large. Most standard shoe trees I feel are under-sized. I wear a UK9 generally, which in my mind would be medium, but alas I end up exchanging for a large.
     


  11. Munky

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    Can someone sort this out for me, please? In all but one pair of my shoes, I have to wear an arch support, including in my latest, new, pair. Does this say more about my feet than it does about shoes or should I be looking for a different last? And how are you going to know which last is better? The pair that fit without an arch support are cheap ones.

    Does anyone else have to use arch supports in this way?

    I remain, Munky.
     


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    That is a great outcome. Congratulations.


    Sorry to see this happening to you.

    For me, it was less the shoes and boots I have and more relating to my aging feet. Many factors caused my feet to change. I just adapt where adaptation requires an extra support here and there while keeping my shoes and boots, and adjusting what size and last I use for future purchases.

    My last AE purchase of the Fifth Street Boot left me confused after reading all the reviews regarding fit. In the end, AE sent me two pair of the same boot in different sizes to allow me to wear at home and choose which one I could send back with free return shipping. Worked out slow over the next 4 weeks, but I can still wear everything as AE's form to the aging feet nicely.

    Also, when I travel to the city I make an appointment with the shoe manager to have him professionally fit my current size in all of the lasts that seem best. That way I can phone in an order during the year and have him offer free shipping and free returns, including a six-month refund if the wear of the shoes/boots does not work out after wearing them.

    All my best,

    David
     


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    Struggling a little with these suede shoes.. I've been brushing them regularly but a big turnoff is that the suede is starting to get 'hairy'? I'm not sure how to deal with this and tried steaming the shoe today.

    Really want to get myself a pair of suede chukkas but do all suede shoes get hairy?
     


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    You prob brushed them way too often...causing that to happen.

    We witnessed a few weeks ago someone taking a lighter to them to burn the hairs...but if you are gonna go that route...do it carefully.
     
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    Better quality suede takes longer but eventually most do. However it's fairly easy to get rid off, just use a lighter and burn ot off. It's a bit scary but if your careful it will burn off easily if you bring the flame close enough, a guy wrote more about it a few pages back! I don't take any responsibility from adverse effects from doing this though, just a tip.
     


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