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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smfdoc, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Shoonoob

    Shoonoob Senior Member

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    Lookin good! I especially like your lace combo. I wore these last night.
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    So I am in the process of stripping down another pair of LB Sheppards for a color change. I am not a big fan of the antiquing but I want to try something different. Anyone tried to do a museum calf replication by painting with different dyes?
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    We are also not talking a rational color change. These will be straight up Joker shoes.
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    I noticed that. Maybe the alcohol relaxed the shell? I don’t know. Let’s see how they look after a wear.
     

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    Sweet. Some dude on the Facebook page said they were ugly. I think it’s a little edgy. That you sport the look too is proof that it’s a money look.
     

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    Crosby Square apron split toe derbies from yesterday’s visit to The Bins.
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    They were priced $32 originally, so based on that and the Brady Bunch font logo, I’m guessing they are from the 70’s.
     
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    No. It is "Safehouse" in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the NW side of the city. Not affiliated with the chain of the same name in River North.
     

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    Your thrift finds are consistently amazing,I get it ,you can’t win if you don’t play and if you have an eye and make the rounds you will score great stuff-the maddening thing isn’t that you found good shoes,it’s that they had trees-matching trees-good trees-and trees that fit-and trees that hadn’t been removed by staff to sell separately! This,my friend,is the charmed existence that must make you the king of the bragging rights thread!— I might have to go over there and lurk. Well played sir!:cheers:
     

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    Hello Jim,welcome to the thread!— I live in Milwaukee and the go to guy Peter the Cobbler just retired after many years. If you’re familiar with any reputable shops in southeastern Wisconsin or even Madison I’d love to know about them. Chicago certainly has them but it’s not logistically convenient for me
     

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    I don't know how far away you are from lake Geneva but there is a shoe repair shop called torcasos. he actually has two locations not sure where the second one is maybe closer to you. His shop isn't the cleanest in the world but he is a third or fourth generation Craftsman in his work is very good he does everything right. He may also make you a cup of coffee LOL he is a super sweet guy 100% Italian he may even have a cannoli in the fridge LOL he is worth the drive he is a wonderful wonderful person and absolutely wonderful cobbler
     

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    Roger that!—that dude on the FB page should go back to his flip flops n’ tube socks! Just so happens I rocked the Candy Cane/Barber poll laces with my ‘67 Flor-shell PTB’s on Christmas Day,and don’t plan on changing them anytime soon! F482C67B-9D0D-4FD2-AB0E-FC761A0E5F72.jpeg
     

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    Or the Safe House in Milwaukee which has been around since the 60’s(the original owner was inspired by the first wave of “Bond-mania”),though not private,it’s accessed through an unmarked alley entrance and requires a password
     

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    Thank you, you're far too kind. But verily I say unto thee that on the Thrift Brag Thread, I am only a bit player. The full-time thrifters there put me to shame. Though I do have a route that pays off well for the time I have to spend on it, which is between 9 and 12 on Saturday mornings.
    In this case, after finding the pair of 92604s with one shoe tree in them, it took me about ten solid minutes of pawing through the flotsam and jetsam of what american footwear has become to find the other tree. It was hiding beneath a pair of boots with what looked like an exit wound in the achilles tendon area.
    Shoes are $2 a pair at the bins, but to be sporting I took the trees out and paid for them by the pound.
    As good luck would have it, these shoes and the trees are Florsheim size 12 C, which fits my older son. He got some ethrift $15 shell 93605s for Christmas and loved them. I cleaned this pair up and will polish them and post tomorrow; they are 1981 vintage and look great.
    @Thomas Crown if you are in the Bay Area let me know. Also, @friendlygoz, if you can get up early on Saturday I'll show you around some of the stores that have been productive and we can get some dim sum for lunch after if you're up for it. LMK.
     
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    Thanks alot! That sounds great,I’ll look into it. Lake Geneva is an hour away but I have family on the way I can visit and a Costco to hit making it worthwhile—I work Saturdays so if he’s around on Mondays it’s a bet-thanks again for the tip!
     

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    Ah,if only they had Dim Sum in Milwaukee! It was tried once and must’ve confused people so it didn’t last. The way you presented the shoes in the bin pic with trees inserted had me thinking they came that way! I’m familiar with the frantic search through those nasty ass bins to find the companion piece—I recently spent an hour at the GW outlet in Kenosha trying to find a single Sorel made in Canada vintage boot for the subsequent polar vortex we had! To no avail!:violin:
     

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    I'm always up for dim sum. And learning how to thrift like a pro.

    I had to "unwatch" the thrift bragging thread. I was going into depression seeing all the gems others seem to regularly find.

    My biggest haul was a set of Tumi travel bags that were near NOS condition.

    Other than that, the odd shoe find that is usually not my size.

    Most of my "OMG" moments are hovering around @davidVC's watch list for the cheapies.

    Thanks for always displaying your finds. Keeps me motivated and helps feed my shoe porn addiction.
     

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