- Jul 28, 2018
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I think one way to bring the enthusiasts back would be to have the shoe revived/restored to it's original condition only....meaning no re-heels, no re-soles, no dying/burnishing the shoe. Only the uppers and the heel/sole sidings revived...similar to how David VCleat or CWOyaji revive their shoes. That would present the opportunity for a lot of the individuals on this forum to participate. If you want to go "all in" with the shoe re-dying, burnishing, re-heeling etc...make that a separate category for the semi-pros. Kind of like two categories (1) "Basic Restore" (to original condition) and (2) "Anything goes" (change the shoe any way you like).2020 shoe revival challenge. Here are my initial thoughts (taking into account follies and successes from the first two).
1. 6 months to complete the work;
2. No monetary limit, but shoes must need revival;
3. Emphasize work of enthusiasts rather than amateur cobbler (e.g. reviving leather, rather than say replacing a sole).
Initial phase of competition:
Popular voting. Some cobblers will be offering prizes to encourage voting.
Final phase of competition:
Top 10-15 move on to final round. A panel of judges will then pick top 3 finishers.
I think the above format will draw back enthusiasts. And encourage participation in the voting round. Once the popularity contest ends, it will be up to the panel. Kind of like a jury trial, and then appeal to the Supreme Court. Yeah. I like that.
Your thoughts, criticisms, and feedback will always be appreciated.