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I picked up a small 1920-1930's shoe store window display stand today. I loaded it up with three pairs of NOS John McHale signature shoes. Perhaps this is a tad eccentric, but I like it.

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Awesome on so many levels. My grandpa only wore Omega watches, and Bally shoes. I didn't herit any of them.
 

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This happened to me. A cobbler installed grommets. The cracks should not go any deeper, but nothing more you can do.

I had a pair crack in the vamps. And I used to condition shell before each wear.
You think the grommets would help? I don't want to sink money into them for grommets, new heels, and half soles if they are doing to fall apart.
 

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Hard for me to believe I found these AE Leeds over 7 years ago. They have the black insoles. So I guess they were manufactured about 12 years ago. I forgot what I paid for them, but probably around $75 because someone had covered them with some awful spray-on or paint-on aftermarket product to shine and color them. The gunk was even on the laces. I tried to clean them up myself, but ended up investing another $50 to have AE refinish them.
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You think the grommets would help? I don't want to sink money into them for grommets, new heels, and half soles if they are doing to fall apart.
You know better than to ask a lawyer for an opinion involving liability.

From my experience as a consumer, grommets have halted the spread of the eyelet cracks. It reduces the stress of the laces pulling on those parts.
 

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Goodies for my shoe care.

Thrift store find - velvet lined box that can hold 8 jars of Saphir products. Around 10 Colonial 1909 jars.

Couldn't find any shoes to cushion my shoe fund/pension fund.

Then we went to Marshalls (TJ Max in US?).
2 boar bristle brushes designed for beards. I will use them to brush my shell. They were $6 and $8 (Canadian). Cheaper than the ones designed for shoe brushing. Hope they're the same materials.

Then we had hot pot for lunch.
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You think the grommets would help? I don't want to sink money into them for grommets, new heels, and half soles if they are doing to fall apart.
Here are pics of my 93605 with grommets added in to reinforce the cracked eyelets.
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Goodies for my shoe care.

Thrift store find - velvet lined box that can hold 8 jars of Saphir products. Around 10 Colonial 1909 jars.

Couldn't find any shoes to cushion my shoe fund/pension fund.

Then we went to Marshalls (TJ Max in US?).
2 boar bristle brushes designed for beards. I will use them to brush my shell. They were $6 and $8 (Canadian). Cheaper than the ones designed for shoe brushing. Hope they're the same materials.

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Very jelly right now. I've been looking for a nice vintage box to hold all my shoe care products, but have not come across anything I'd want (at a price I'd pay). Still looking.
 

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Very jelly right now. I've been looking for a nice vintage box to hold all my shoe care products, but have not come across anything I'd want (at a price I'd pay). Still looking.
What is the thrift store situation like in Japan?

The Salvation Army stores in Hong Kong sell things by weight. I hope to score some Lee Kee shoes when I visit.
 

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What is the thrift store situation like in Japan?

The Salvation Army stores in Hong Kong sell things by weight. I hope to score some Lee Kee shoes when I visit.
TLDR: Thrift store situation in Japan is horrible.

Salvation Army runs a bazaar every once in a while, but they are practically unknown here (tiny, tiny Christian presence in Japan). And Goodwill does not exist as far as I know. Not much of a 'donating' culture here either. Most things are just thrown away.

There are a few sort of thrift store-like places around, but I would say they are a bit closer to pawn shops that buy unwanted stuff in bulk and flip it... but mostly junk. And almost no men's shoes.

Used goods shops also exist, but they check prices and it's rare to find bargains. I see lots of beat up Johnston & Murphy shoes going for $100 to $200 at these shops. Never seen a Florsheim, Nettleton, Hannover, Alden, or other good vintage brand at these shops.

And the vintage shop pair in Koenji that were recently mentioned here (Whistler and Chart) are more about vintage American fashion than actually about vintage shoes. They just get whatever they can find in the US on buying trips, maaaaaybe brush them a little, and then flip them for about 4x or more. Most of what I've seen in those shops is just nasty.

The only good shop, IMO, is Super 8. But his prices are typical for Japan, which is still about 3x what you'd expect on eBay. I'd like to support him with my business, but it's a bit tough unless he ever gets a super rare shoe in my size that I just can't find elsewhere.

I love going thrifting when I'm back in the US, even if I never get lucky like CWOyaji.
 

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Up. Can't let this thread slip into page 2

Florsheim 97625 today.



I shipped out one of these NOS and its NOS 96624 brother today. Feeling I am missing them already. :(
 

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Out celebrating my wife’s birthday at a hip Italian place in Santa Monica. Took my MiUSA Bostonians out for our maiden voyage. They’re pretty comfortable.

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