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Great result! I try to avoid coloured cream polish on vintage shoes if its possible. Bick 4 + clear cream/wax to preserve and highlight colour variations of aged leather.I've been gradually working on the John McHale bombers that I bought recently and figured I would post some preliminary thoughts and progress pics. Now I am ready to find one of the red color versions of these AND a pair of Dack's u-wings.
This is the main image from the listing (ie. as bought):
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@Jiqea , our resident expert on vintage Canadian shoes, was most kind and generous with his advice and recommendations based upon his deep experience in this realm. As others often say to those far less deserving... you are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you!
I did end up following most of these suggestions, although I deviated to a more comfortable zone as far as cream polish selection. In short, clean > condition > trees > renomat > condition > condition > cream polish > wax polish.
There are still some action items for me on these shoes before I move them into the rotation.
- In no particular order, I'd like to do some more work to clean the welts. They are better than they had been but not quite as clean as I'd like.
- I am debating whether to sand and slightly lighten the edges (this will probably be deferred for now).
- The shoes also have a pretty old topy on the soles. I am about 90% sure that the soles are in good condition but I've yet to make up my mind as to whether or not to remove the topy.
- I do still need to do some cleaning and conditioning of the lining and insole.
- I am also debating a swap to a different type of lace, although the ones I have installed seem pretty old and may be the original style, not sure.
- Finally, I am still slightly tinkering with the polish but... much like trimming a beard or mustache, I feel like I am in that zone where it might be best to leave well enough alone (tbd).
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Hm. I could be dead wrong, but I thought that JR soles simply gave better durability than regular leather soles... not that they feel any different when wearing them?I have never had a JR replacement sole. And I have not worn the few new shoes I have that came with JR soles. So, I am really looking forward to trying then out on my shoes that are returning from the Cobbler.
I think the conventional wisdom is JR soles really are worth the cost and live up to the hype.
You're gonna have to list that cup on ebay. From what i gather, golden harvest anything is selling for a pretty penny these days.I had to go downstairs to the smfdoc shoe lab and I noticed the paper cup I used for mixing dye for the GH session last week. It's a white cup when new, as seen on the left. I had to chuckle a little as I was not expecting the minimal moisture in the mix cup after I poured it out to run amok on the remainder of the cup. I am sure there is a lesson in there somewhere.
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Thanks, agree generally. I should have explained better. There's not a whole lot of colorant on them, actually, but there are certainly areas that called for some. The biggest issue was dealing with exceedingly minor but nagging scuffs that weren't to my taste. I'd actually debated sanding them a little but didn't have the heart to do it and decided that they were so minor that concealing with wax was a better option. I'm much happier with them now and might do just a tiny bit more depending upon how I feel about them going forward.Great result! I try to avoid coloured cream polish on vintage shoes if its possible. Bick 4 + clear cream/wax to preserve and highlight colour variations of aged leather.
+1 for the Wegmans branding on that cup.I had to go downstairs to the smfdoc shoe lab and I noticed the paper cup I used for mixing dye for the GH session last week. It's a white cup when new, as seen on the left. I had to chuckle a little as I was not expecting the minimal moisture in the mix cup after I poured it out to run amok on the remainder of the cup. I am sure there is a lesson in there somewhere.
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