Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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  1. styc

    styc Well-Known Member

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    Hey @ReppTiePrepster and @M635Guy. Those Bostonian Shells look very similar to mine. When I go back home later today, I will go check what is the numbering in my shoe and we can make some comparisons.
     
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    Those are not my shoes. I just used the pictures to show his work. However, the person who did request the resole did request the antique edge color. This is one of the variables you can control when having the work done. You can also choose the color of the welt. The lighter welt and sole edge can look very good on a darker shoe, if that is your taste. Like these on som me Alden's I just picked up.
     
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    The other day I was wearing the Florsheim Imperials that I lightly burnished in the summer. I had rubber heels put on the pair and they are much more wearable than the leather v-cleat heels.

    I have a number of v-cleat shoes and I have never fallen wearing them but there have been some close calls. They make you feel alive (and aware of gravity).

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    @ReppTiePrepster. These are the numbers in my Bostonian Shells

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    Here are mine... (I couldn't take a pic clear enough). It looks just like I have laid it out here.

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    Ebay has a listing, (not mine) for some NIB McGregors from the 1960s. So if you happen to be a 12.5 AAA wearer, today is your day. Nice looking pebble grain. They are even in the original box. I guess they were never worn because they could not find a 12.5 AAA guy.

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    I popped the 1968 Imperials on the other day for a quick wear. These things are really comfortable!
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    If you haven't seen europeanblend's blog, you should check it out: http://georgiaathens.blog81.fc2.com/

    The blog is in Japanese and Google translate helps but its hit or miss.

    He has the greatest collection of vintage shoes of anyone posting photos online. His Instagram feed is reason enough to use Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/europeanblend_noswbox/?hl=en

    He posted this pair of black Johnsonian wingtips the other day and I keep looking at them. Amazing. Museum quality.

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    No shit! Those are amazing shoes. The medallion is crazy unique, at least I have never seen it before. That Instagram collection is drool worthy.
     
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    Quote: I missed this until now - the left shoe definitely seemed to "take what it needed" from the conditioning step, and after the polish it looks the same as the right. I'm going to give them their first wear to work today, and my deer-bone should show up in the mail. I'll probably hit them with that this weekend to see how it helps the rolls. I did notice that one spot on the shoes seemed to lighten up with that quick wear the other day - brushing made it right again. Will keep an eye on that...
     
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    I noticed a finished auction on Goodwill for this NIB pair of Hanover black shell long wings that went for $277. It just shows that some of these vintage nuggets are still out there lurking around. They were so nice I thought I would show them here.

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    Have you seen Jun Kuwana's or Centipede's or Sevan Minasian's shoe collections? They have rarities aplenty as well.
     
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