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Joe Wohkittel

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Gentleman,
@mormonopoly s post is similar to my current project. Florsheim, presumably 1940s:
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If any of you have experience dealing with the old "russet" brown leather that was common up to the 50s, let me know. Its the same tannage as WWII army boots. Seems to be chrome tanned with a glaze of sorts. Anyway, the glaze flakes off, it's prone to dry rot, just obnoxious stuff to deal with. I'm curious to know how others deal with the flaking probably. Sanding and recoloring isn't working as I'd like. The previous owner did not use a shoe horn 🧐
 

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Just-arrived AE walnut Strands and the Alden shell 2146s I posted about the other day. This is my first time wearing Strands and I think I’m going to like them.
Nice grabs. Believe the hype on the Strand. Sometime there’s good reason to follow the herd.
 

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Gentleman,
@mormonopoly s post is similar to my current project. Florsheim, presumably 1940s:
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If any of you have experience dealing with the old "russet" brown leather that was common up to the 50s, let me know. Its the same tannage as WWII army boots. Seems to be chrome tanned with a glaze of sorts. Anyway, the glaze flakes off, it's prone to dry rot, just obnoxious stuff to deal with. I'm curious to know how others deal with the flaking probably. Sanding and recoloring isn't working as I'd like. The previous owner did not use a shoe horn 🧐

400 grit?
 

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Gentleman,
@mormonopoly s post is similar to my current project. Florsheim, presumably 1940s:
View attachment 1480608View attachment 1480609View attachment 1480610View attachment 1480611
If any of you have experience dealing with the old "russet" brown leather that was common up to the 50s, let me know. Its the same tannage as WWII army boots. Seems to be chrome tanned with a glaze of sorts. Anyway, the glaze flakes off, it's prone to dry rot, just obnoxious stuff to deal with. I'm curious to know how others deal with the flaking probably. Sanding and recoloring isn't working as I'd like. The previous owner did not use a shoe horn 🧐
That’s got to be the single best pair of loafers I’ve ever seen.
 

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Gentleman,
@mormonopoly s post is similar to my current project. Florsheim, presumably 1940s:
View attachment 1480608View attachment 1480609View attachment 1480610View attachment 1480611
If any of you have experience dealing with the old "russet" brown leather that was common up to the 50s, let me know. Its the same tannage as WWII army boots. Seems to be chrome tanned with a glaze of sorts. Anyway, the glaze flakes off, it's prone to dry rot, just obnoxious stuff to deal with. I'm curious to know how others deal with the flaking probably. Sanding and recoloring isn't working as I'd like. The previous owner did not use a shoe horn 🧐
Great shoes. Can’t be 40s however. Most likely mid-late 50s. Alden is credited with developing the original tassel slip on for actor Paul Lukas circa 1950.
 

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A lot of 50s shoes have a last shape with a single spade/"extended sole" (the original name) and this continued through the 60s. It can be confused for the 40s.

Here is a pair of Bostonians(?) I wore today which I think are late 40s but could be 50s as well going on the above.

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Yeah, I actually thought of that as Peace Arch Park is accessible from both sides, but smugglers and border guards know that too and often in the news we see stories of keystone Kop style apprehensions. Good thought though.
Kilowatts
what’s the penalty for smuggling a kilo of used leather goods?
 

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I've finally come to terms with the fact that my pair of Alden shell LWB (976) is beyond salvation. The shell is splitting at several stress points on the shoes. They're on the Barrie last, so don't fit particularly well, but would think I could throw some thick socks on and wear them until they disintegrate. After a few wears, they might actually look like a brand new pair of Prada/Church's "distressed" LWBs.

😢😢😢
 

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I've finally come to terms with the fact that my pair of Alden shell LWB (976) is beyond salvation. The shell is splitting at several stress points on the shoes. They're on the Barrie last, so don't fit particularly well, but would think I could throw some thick socks on and wear them until they disintegrate. After a few wears, they might actually look like a brand new pair of Prada/Church's "distressed" LWBs.

😢😢😢
They must truly be in bad shape if you think they'll look that bad... (But think of the money you'll save by not buying the Church's!) :-D
 

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Yeah, I actually thought of that as Peace Arch Park is accessible from both sides, but smugglers and border guards know that too and often in the news we see stories of keystone Kop style apprehensions. Good thought though.
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The old switcheroo. Two identical shopping bags of shoe boxes.
 

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what’s the penalty for smuggling a kilo of used leather goods?
A kilo of heroin is 10 years.

I assume leather is in that range.
 

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