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I took the camels out for a walk today -- Hartt camel leather PTDs.

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I also went to pick up a pair of black shell MacNeils that I had put in for some work at the cobbler.

This is the pair I got in a trade with @suitforcourt late last year. These were not his shoes, but just a pair that he had picked up.

They were probably significantly too large for their previous owner, so he put in thick pads under the tongues and had sewn in thick spongy liners at the back of the heel.

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The tongue pads were easy enough to pull off. I just had to use a lot of nail polish remover to get rid of the leftover adhesive.

The heel pads were more problematic. They had been stuck on and sewn in, so I used a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching and then pulled out the pads... but chunks of the original soft leather liner came out with them. :(

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I ended up taking them to my cobbler for some work. They somehow patched up the gouged out parts to make the back of the heel cup smooth again, and then applied and sewed in a thin leather liner. The color doesn't match, but was all they had to choose from. Overall, as usual, their work is nicely done.

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Time to get some good use out of these puppies!

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Those are fantastic. I love the MacNeil. Enjoy those.
 

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I took the camels out for a walk today -- Hartt camel leather PTDs.

View attachment 1568404

I also went to pick up a pair of black shell MacNeils that I had put in for some work at the cobbler.

This is the pair I got in a trade with @suitforcourt late last year. These were not his shoes, but just a pair that he had picked up.

They were probably significantly too large for their previous owner, so he put in thick pads under the tongues and had sewn in thick spongy liners at the back of the heel.

View attachment 1568405

View attachment 1568406

The tongue pads were easy enough to pull off. I just had to use a lot of nail polish remover to get rid of the leftover adhesive.

The heel pads were more problematic. They had been stuck on and sewn in, so I used a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching and then pulled out the pads... but chunks of the original soft leather liner came out with them. :(

View attachment 1568407

I ended up taking them to my cobbler for some work. They somehow patched up the gouged out parts to make the back of the heel cup smooth again, and then applied and sewed in a thin leather liner. The color doesn't match, but was all they had to choose from. Overall, as usual, their work is nicely done.

View attachment 1568408

Time to get some good use out of these puppies!

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Both pairs are classics, but the MacNeils are just glowing.

I'm really glad a brother can make use of this pair. Get grommets as well. Preventative measure.
 

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I took the camels out for a walk today -- Hartt camel leather PTDs.

View attachment 1568404

I also went to pick up a pair of black shell MacNeils that I had put in for some work at the cobbler.

This is the pair I got in a trade with @suitforcourt late last year. These were not his shoes, but just a pair that he had picked up.

They were probably significantly too large for their previous owner, so he put in thick pads under the tongues and had sewn in thick spongy liners at the back of the heel.

View attachment 1568405

View attachment 1568406

The tongue pads were easy enough to pull off. I just had to use a lot of nail polish remover to get rid of the leftover adhesive.

The heel pads were more problematic. They had been stuck on and sewn in, so I used a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching and then pulled out the pads... but chunks of the original soft leather liner came out with them. :(

View attachment 1568407

I ended up taking them to my cobbler for some work. They somehow patched up the gouged out parts to make the back of the heel cup smooth again, and then applied and sewed in a thin leather liner. The color doesn't match, but was all they had to choose from. Overall, as usual, their work is nicely done.

View attachment 1568408

Time to get some good use out of these puppies!

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Good save. I have the same pair and like them a lot. That might be the most fit adjustment I have ever seen on a pair of shoes but it looks like your cobbler did a very nice job on the heel lining. Enjoy them.
 

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I took the camels out for a walk today -- Hartt camel leather PTDs.

View attachment 1568404

I also went to pick up a pair of black shell MacNeils that I had put in for some work at the cobbler.

This is the pair I got in a trade with @suitforcourt late last year. These were not his shoes, but just a pair that he had picked up.

They were probably significantly too large for their previous owner, so he put in thick pads under the tongues and had sewn in thick spongy liners at the back of the heel.

View attachment 1568405

View attachment 1568406

The tongue pads were easy enough to pull off. I just had to use a lot of nail polish remover to get rid of the leftover adhesive.

The heel pads were more problematic. They had been stuck on and sewn in, so I used a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching and then pulled out the pads... but chunks of the original soft leather liner came out with them. :(

View attachment 1568407

I ended up taking them to my cobbler for some work. They somehow patched up the gouged out parts to make the back of the heel cup smooth again, and then applied and sewed in a thin leather liner. The color doesn't match, but was all they had to choose from. Overall, as usual, their work is nicely done.

View attachment 1568408

Time to get some good use out of these puppies!

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You changed means of travel from camel to horse midway 🙌 Hardly anyone can do that nowadays 👍
 

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Like all posters here I don’t have a shoe problem. But somehow whenever I find some NOS or almost new mid grade shoes in my exact size they end up in my car to be added to a once a year rotation. These are some JC Penney Stafford MiUSA. Possibly Hanover’s from my inexperienced eye. So far just added some Lexol and brushing.
Likewise, I have three well fitting mid-tier NOS from Stuart McGuire (2x wear), Jarman (0x wear), Knapp (0x wear) in 2 years.
 

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Like all posters here I don’t have a shoe problem. But somehow whenever I find some NOS or almost new mid grade shoes in my exact size they end up in my car to be added to a once a year rotation. These are some JC Penney Stafford MiUSA. Possibly Hanover’s from my inexperienced eye. So far just added some Lexol and brushing.
Likewise, I have three well fitting mid-tier NOS from Stuart McGuire (2x wear), Jarman (0x wear), Knapp (0x wear) in 2 years.
Honestly, I prefer the mid tier or tier 2ish vintage brands. Don't get me wrong, Florsheim, Hanover, Dacks, etc, are no doubt in a completely different league in terms of quality and finish.

But there is something compelling about the B Mason, Dexter, and Stuart McGuire of the shoe world. I guess their price point (even in NOS condition) is always a great deal. Compared to the modern day shoes, the tier 2 of yesteryears stand mountains apart.

Plus, other than the fellow addicts in this group, few know the brands. So usually I can milk a good price.

Happy weekend, shoe brothers.
 

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Finally got these Weyenbergs serviceable. Can’t find my original picture. Tons of acetone, fiebings chocolate dye, Bicks 4, Parisian brown shoe polish and Havana brown wax (saphir)
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