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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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

  1. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Senior member

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    Anyone here ever sent a pair of v cleats for recraft? Do you ask for a new v cleat heel? Which cobbler do you use? B Nelson says they can recraft the v cleat.

    I have been eyeballing a few pairs on eBay for a while. Just letting the wallet swell a little first.
     


  2. M.Photog

    M.Photog Senior member

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    Thanks for the information. Mine are of the newer variety, I only paid $2 for them so don't feel so bad to have them as a bad weather shoe. They also don't weigh as much as yours. I'll have to be on the lookout for an older pair.
     
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  3. madhat

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    It's always amazing how much dirt you can pull out of suede using a rubber suede brush! I scrubbed on my "new" AE's last night and got them back to a nice even color.
     


  4. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Senior member

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    What conditioner would the hive mind recommend for suede chukkas? Same as the one I apply for regular calf leather? Thanks
     


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    Do not use conditioner on suede. Suede generally doesn't dry out nearly as bad as regular calf and doesn't need as much conditioning. If you do need to condition, apply the condition inside the shoe.
     


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    Canadian suede spectators 1.jpg Canadian suede spectators 2.jpg 1950s snuff suede spectators
     


  7. M.Photog

    M.Photog Senior member

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    I've always avoided suede for that reason. Where did you get the brush?
     


  8. madhat

    madhat Senior member

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01D1HU4N6/ref=ya_aw_oh_bia_dp?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It's really not that high of an upkeep. I mean I can go at least 20 wears without doing anything to it, unless i get caught walking the streets in a downpour!

    Suede is an awesome thing, and I love the variety of texture.
     


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    IMG_1196.JPG Vintage Mason Executive Imperials. These were my first gunboats. They're an A width, but fit more like a B; hence the extra thick socks today. Contemplating a sole insert so I can wear a proper sock with them.
     


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    I have same pair. One of my favourite stompers!
     


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    Gentleman, a question for you....

    I've been wearing my vintage florshiem longwings for several years, but was thinking about picking up a pair of Alden longwings in tan calf or shell.

    How would my vintage USA made florsheim imperial lonwings compare with today's' Aldens? Judging by photos, perhaps a pair of Aldens (1/2 size smaller for the Barrie last) would appear a bit wider than the florsheims? Is the medallion, brouging, and construction similar? Quality of craftsmanship? Etc...

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts...

    AHS
     


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    I'll let others chime with a larger sample size, but my late 70s Hanovers (similar construction to Florsheim of period) would be pretty close to current Aldens. Both weigh about the same. If you've found the right fit in the Florsheim you might not need to down size in the Barrie. My Hanovers fit larger than AE 65 or Alden Plaza like my Barrie last. @smfdoc I believe wears 11EEE in his Florsheim and Alden Barrie last longwings
     


  14. smfdoc

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    Yep. I wear the same size in both the Florsheim and the Alden on the Barrie last. The Alden is a little more rounded and the Florsheim is a little more pointed front. I had the Florsheim first and could not justify the Alden duplication, right up to the point that I was offered a great deal on some new Alden's and then I had to have both.
     


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    Thanks @madhat. That's helpful. I wear an 11 d on the vintage florsheims and tried on an Alden longwing in a 10.5 d. That felt and looked right to me.

    @smfdoc and the others who wear Aldens and vintage florsheims, how would you compare the two in terms of look and craftsmanship?

    @davidVC - may I make a plug for your next vcleat article? The Florsheim 93605 vs the Alden 975. Head-to-head matchup. Like Mayweather vs Mcgregor. Same amount of hype. Less potential blood shedding...

    AHS
     


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