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

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    heavy douse of conditioner (lexol or bick4) with shoe trees inside should tone down the creasing.
     
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  2. striker

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    There is a two pencil method that help to guide the creases in place. Not sure if it works on used shoes. But creases on the left and right shoe can be different and for many reasons. It is hard to say from your photos whether you were deliberately bending them to capture it on camera. One reason they crease differently is that your feet could be slightly of a different size. Also they may tend to crease more if you have low volume feet and the shoes have higher instep or are wider than your measured size and wearing them might dig into your feet. a shoe insert might take care of that by filling up the space.
     
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  3. shoelover

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    This is why I asked. Thanks for the advice! I will just wear them for now, and I love the idea for Danite as the replacement sole. What colors does Danite come in?
     
  4. Munky

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    I don't want to be rude, but aren't these beyond, reasonable, repair? I can't see how they are 'lightly used'. It looks as though the previous owner had bought shoes that were too small for him. I can't really see a major difference between the 'abnormal' and 'normal' shots. I might be completely wrong on this and fully accept other views.
     
  5. grnfy

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    I am quite aggressively flexing the shoes in the above photos, to demonstrate the pattern of the creasing. There is very minimal creasing when the shoes are in their regular state.

    Oh well, I think I best accept that this is part of the deal with used shoes; they have already conformed to the previous owner's feet and there is little to be done. They're great shoes though, very attractive and constructed very well.
     
  6. grnfy

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    Could you elaborate on this two pencil method?
     
  7. Munky

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    That you are flexing the shoes explains a lot, grnfy! I didn't realise this and I am sure the 'normal' view of these is fine! I hope you enjoy them! [​IMG]
     
  8. grnfy

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    Thank you, I will! :cheers:
     
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  10. LPMIII

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    I would probably condition them with Bick 4 or Lexol.
     
  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can see that the alkaline overexposure has distorted the leather. conditioning might not help them for too long before permanent cracking, but yeah, lexol or back 4 and some polish until they die.
     
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  12. mr monty

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    Shoe shine parlor uses wax polish on alligator and crocodile shoes to get a better shine. I always thought wax polish on exotic skins was a big time no?:puzzled:
     
  13. traverscao

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    Given the fact that they are chrome leather, they won't last THAT long anyway LOL.
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not according to that old study I posted which claimed chrome lasts longer.
     
  15. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    Is it the one about book binds above?
     
  16. dylanh99

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    Picked up a bad scratch on a pair of Vass shoes.

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    This picture is after a local place tried to make the scratch less noticeable. Do you guys think this can be repaired further?

    Thanks,

    Dylan
     
  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Pretty much just start bulling the toe over and the wax will fill it in.
     
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  18. dylanh99

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    Thanks Patrick. I'll get to work. :)

    Dylan
     
  19. Nobleprofessor

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    I know there have been reports on B. Nelson's restoration/resoling services. But, I was very impressed with them and wanted to share my experience.

    I had a pair of Alden Shell Cordovan Tassel Loafers that were pretty rough. I bought them used for peanuts (relatively speaking -- they are still Shell Cordovan) and I knew they would need to be restored.

    They started out life as color #8.

    As you can tell from the pictures, they need some serious love. Alden previously recrafted them. One of the shoes has a soft spot in the sole (it has not worn through yet).

    The welt is also coming apart and the upper is coming loose. The cork footbed is noticeably worn as these feel like they have no cushion left.

    Here are a few pics of them before.

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    I sent them on May 7th or 8th, on the 12th I got a call from Nick. He said they received them and he was calling because he wanted to make sure I knew they would have to replace the welt. Of course, I was aware of that. It cost an extra $40. I said no problem. I got them back on May 22nd! So, it was two weeks from the time I mailed them! That is pretty fast considering they spent a 2-3 days in the mail both ways!


    I think they look very good!

    It arrived in the priority mail shoe box I sent them in. They were wrapped with a note from Nick and a bag with a prepaid label for my next order.

    They did not refinish or polish them. I was aware that was an extra charge. So, this is how they look straight out of the box. I haven't polished or brushed them.

    And here they are:

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    I was very pleased with B. Nelson's work on these.
     
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  20. traverscao

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    Do you brush waxes anymore though? It's been forever since I last brush shine any wax polish.
     

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