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Vass damage (the bad kind)

MalfordOfLondon

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Went out and got these absolutely soaked a few weeks back when we had the deluge of snow over here in the UK. Thought they would dry out and the damage would disappear but they never did. Not seen damage like this before. Looks like a kind of crackled crust on the surface of the shoe. I've tried wiping it with a damp cloth but nothing. Not sure what I can do - any ideas? Thanks in advance as usual...
 

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'Crackled Crust'; by heavens, what a great name for that wonderful patina you've established.
Embrace it, I say, and be one with the crust.
 

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Condition it, polish it and don't worry so much about it.
 

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Great to see that .sig back.
 

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Well it's only the third time I've worn them

Looks a lot worse IRL.
 

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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon
Well it's only the third time I've worn them

Looks a lot worse IRL.


since people seem to like patina on here, put them in B&S for twice what you paid.

hand crafted patina costs extra
 

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Repeated applications of brown or dark brown cream should even that out considerably, otherwise you may want to send them to Ron Rider to work his magic.
 

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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon




Have no idea what to do with these Stephen never had this happen to me even though ive worn shoes in some pretty shitty weather.

All i'll say mate is id be pretty pissed if this happened to me
Just last weekend got a pair of "higher end" shoes pissed wet through and covered in road salt with not a mark after they dried overnight.

Patina? my arse.....!!!!!!
 

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^^ Yup definitely not a patina! I'm never that precious about shoes but these look pretty terrible in the daylight. Maybe it was something to do with the salt.

Ron Rider treatment sounds like it might be a way to go. Have tried loads of conditioner / cream and it doesn't seem to make any difference. Odd thing is I've never seen damage like that before...
 

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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon
^^ Yup definitely not a patina! I'm never that precious about shoes but these look pretty terrible in the daylight. Maybe it was something to do with the salt.

Ron Rider treatment sounds like it might be a way to go. Have tried loads of conditioner / cream and it doesn't seem to make any difference. Odd thing is I've never seen damage like that before...


Could be acidic rain. Do you know if these are crust finished shoes, or aniline dyed? If it was crust that would make sense. If you wanted to try something yourself I would get some AFTA, or Angelus de glazer, or meltonian color preparer and rub a small amount on it to see if it goes away, I would then use reno, then a colored cream, buf then build small layers of wax back over it. I bet that would do the trick.
 

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Originally Posted by grimslade
Condition it, polish it and don't worry so much about it.

this is good advice
 

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Originally Posted by luk-cha
this is good advice

+1

actually i have a thrifted pair, which shows the same. i love it, due to thirty pairs, i don't have to care about one single...
 

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Never wear expensive shoes in the rain and snow.
Have at least 2 pairs of beater shoes for the bad weather.

In fact, I'm even hesitant to wear my "dress boots" in the bad weather.
Do you guys seal your dress boots? If so, what do you use?
I'd like to seal mine before they see too much moisture and start to stain.,
 

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