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Thrifted these Mansfields awhile back, I think they have some kind of shiny coating on them. I have no experience with coated leather shoes so was wondering how to care for them. Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance.
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People seem to like Venetian Shoe Cream for corrected grain, but I've never tried it.
 

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Thrifted these Mansfields awhile back, I think they have some kind of shiny coating on them. I have no experience with coated leather shoes so was wondering how to care for them. Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance.
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Those look like Corfam uppers to me. They should be shiny.

If they are Corfam, you should be able to just wipe them down with a damp towel. Then give them a bit of wax for shine.
 

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I saw this image on BBC in an article on how Covid could change the world. This could elevate us vintage shoe wearers. #silverlining!

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That was a dance we called the “kid n’ play” when I was in junior high.
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Thrifted these Mansfields awhile back, I think they have some kind of shiny coating on them. I have no experience with coated leather shoes so was wondering how to care for them. Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance.
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So...this is a little risqué, but if you have the stomach for it you can take a wee bit of acetone with a cotton swab to the bottom back of the heel and see what happens. Lots of things could happen... if it’s coated & corrected grain you’ll known immediately from the excessive damage on that tiny spot (can be covered up with polish/wax). If what’s on there is some kind of funk from years or decades of liberal shoe polish application sans any leather cleaner, well you’ve got a whole world of opportunity.

There are just so many ways of processing and treating leather that look alike, and considering I’ve literally never physically seen or owned Corfam, that’s how I would do it.
 

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So...this is a little risqué, but if you have the stomach for it you can take a wee bit of acetone with a cotton swab to the bottom back of the heel and see what happens. Lots of things could happen... if it’s coated & corrected grain you’ll known immediately from the excessive damage on that tiny spot (can be covered up with polish/wax). If what’s on there is some kind of funk from years or decades of liberal shoe polish application sans any leather cleaner, well you’ve got a whole world of opportunity.

There are just so many ways of processing and treating leather that look alike, and considering I’ve literally never physically seen or owned Corfam, that’s how I would do it.
Then again, I butchered the first pair of Aldens I ever thrifted in precisely this manner, and had to send them in for a paint job.
 

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Then again, I butchered the first pair of Aldens I ever thrifted in precisely this manner, and had to send them in for a paint job.
Elaborate. My maiden pair of Aldens is currently en route. I'd like to learn from the mistakes of othere, if I can. :cool:
 

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Not my listing.
Since we've had some recent sharkskin shoes in the thread, thought I'd post this interesting pair that popped up on eBay.
Seller appears to be a Styleforum member. Despite the listing title, the seller says the shoes are marked as 11.5 A.


Only one photo on the listing, but they put more photos here:
 

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I made a face mask for outings.

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Not my listing.
Since we've had some recent sharkskin shoes in the thread, thought I'd post this interesting pair that popped up on eBay.
Seller appears to be a Styleforum member. Despite the listing title, the seller says the shoes are marked as 11.5 A.


Only one photo on the listing, but they put more photos here:
Absolutely beautiful shoes. Not my size, sadly:confused:.

kilowatts
 

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Not my listing.
Since we've had some recent sharkskin shoes in the thread, thought I'd post this interesting pair that popped up on eBay.
Seller appears to be a Styleforum member. Despite the listing title, the seller says the shoes are marked as 11.5 A.


Only one photo on the listing, but they put more photos here:
Those are fantastic! I'm a 10D, actually, but I am really reluctant to gamble on an 11.5A given my experience with Florsheim.
 

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Those look like Corfam uppers to me. They should be shiny.

If they are Corfam, you should be able to just wipe them down with a damp towel. Then give them a bit of wax for shine.
this may be some kind of synthetic material. Notice the sharp crease on the bend! I have seen very thin leather have sharp bend. But the top box area and some other area looks to be made up of thick material. So I am I inclined to call it synthetic
 

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