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James Brown first jumped into his famous jazz split in 1951. The world was fascinated. Not many knew, but Mr. Brown did not have any more children after.
It was raining yesterday in my neighborhood. Cut to the chase, we are spending our vasectomy savings elsewhere. Presenting my regrettable choice for rainy shoes, 60s 70s JM PTB.
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Back on campus today. Opted for the 1960’s era AE MacNeil. These have the AE “v-cleat” — which is actually a round peg.

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93605s for a concert tonight.
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Is there a best way to remove the water stain from the right shoe here? These are AE Park Aves in walnut.
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And yes, they're thrifted from a couple of days ago. The Patagonia jacket, too. I put the black wingtips back on the shelf. It occurs to me that wearing the C&J captoes I found the day before may have brought me luck.
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T(GH)IF.
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Is there a best way to remove the water stain from the right shoe here? These are AE Park Aves in walnut.
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And yes, they're thrifted from a couple of days ago. The Patagonia jacket, too. I put the black wingtips back on the shelf. It occurs to me that wearing the C&J captoes I found the day before may have brought me luck.
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My guess is that you could try cleaning them a saddle soap and rehydrating them. If that doesn’t work, I would soak them. There’s a way to just soak the uppers without doing anything to the soles. as a last resort, you can strip and we dye them.
 

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Is there a best way to remove the water stain from the right shoe here? These are AE Park Aves in walnut.
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And yes, they're thrifted from a couple of days ago. The Patagonia jacket, too. I put the black wingtips back on the shelf. It occurs to me that wearing the C&J captoes I found the day before may have brought me luck.
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Put trees in the shoes.
Get some soft sponge and use it to soak upper with water. Just deep it in water and rub the shoes thoroughly till they evenly soaked.
Then hit them with some leather cleaner/soap. We can see that they beg for good cleaning.
Then let them dry. You'll definitely see the improvement in terms of leather look and shape because of water treatment and cleaning.
Then you usual routine of conditioning and polishing.
 

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I picked up these S.E Dacks "Professional" golf shoes today (1952-1958); size 7.5D. I will have them resoled with period correct nailed heels and then sell them for far less than what I have into them. But they are such a fine looking and rare shoe, I could not let them languish. Look at the detail on the cleats! Original Dacks shoe trees too. The S.E. Dacks line was Dack's highest quality shoe in the 50's.

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Thanks guys. These have new soles, heels and taps front and back and are basically flawless except for these stains. A great blank canvas. The before pic:
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Show us the results then. I'm sure you'll be fine considering your knowledge, experience and vast variety of shoe care products. They should look like new in the end.
P.S. some shoes have different finishes. In some cases it would help to "open" the leather to even colour and clean properly. You can use acetone or moderately stiff brush with soap.
 

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Hi

I have come to be proficient or at least competent in cleaning uppers. I still struggle with the the soles, in general the bottom of the shoe namely the outsole, welts and heels...
I purchased the Fiebing's Leather Sole & Heel Edge Dressing, both black and brown and ... didn't like these. They transform the sole in a plasticky thing... disconnected from the shoe. I am trying regular shoe paste but not satisfied just yet; perhaps I need to be patient or/and need... knowledge? know-how?
I would like the collective to share their protocols, tricks and tweaks for soles, welt etc. Looking at the better looking jobs here and it is clear that sole and welt make the difference.

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I don't worry about soles too much, but have put shoes with chewing gum on the soles in the freezer to make it easier to chip it off. For welts with contrast stitching I use Clorox 2 (non-chlorine bleach) applied by Q Tips and then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush and flowing water to brighten them up.
 

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