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The Tellman and I: A Love Story

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Vintage Gent, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. SuitingStyle

    SuitingStyle Senior member

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    good bump, I just wore mine yesterday.... and enjoyed every minute of it, but I think they need shine badly
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    nice prices on the tellman lee and vintage. mine were 191 total at beverly hills RL.

    for some reason the tellman leather is very easy to antique, like most have seen this pic before, i have turned my tellmans into a dark burnished brown.

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    dont know why my photos disappeared, but here is the tellman i antiqued that others were oohing about in the earlier page

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  3. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    ^ shoe, you changed your pair's color from tan to antiqued brown with several layers of cream and wax only (no dyeing) right? Iirc, you mentioned that the finish started to crack afterwards because of this...
     
  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    ^ shoe, you changed your pair's color from tan to antiqued brown with several layers of cream and wax only (no dyeing) right? Iirc, you mentioned that the finish started to crack afterwards because of this...

    that is right. i just basically did sort of a polish job on a crust leather .

    it did do a crackly bit on the crease area, but it remained intact at the toe and heel (most important aesthetic features for the polish job)

    i kept repolishing the crease area over and over again, and by after the 10th time or so, it did end up a lovely 'patina' visually from 6 feet away.
     
  5. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Wow great looking pair(s) of shoes... soo much to learn and so little money.

    Great patina developing on the tan pair!

    Thanks! The pics I posted are in reverse chronological order top to bottom. I've always liked tan shoes because they develop subtle highlights almost as soon as you start polishing them. I don't purposely darken them or apply different color polishes to various areas; I only polish the toes and rear quarters more.

    The brown + tan pics (1-3) are from today, the middle ones (4-5) are a few months ago shortly after I had the nailed on taps replaced with sunken ones and the last pics (6-9) were from when I had just gotten them.
     

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