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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smfdoc, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Lmrjfud

    Lmrjfud Senior Member

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    Finished tweaking the second shoe of the pair. Still need to clean up the stitching on the welt, but that requires a toothbrush which seems to have been thrown away.
    Anyway, these old/renewed shoes are off to pick up SWMBO's new to her/used car.
     

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    Nice!

    I gave my refurb'd pair a wear too
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    Which cobbler do you use for recrafting? Did you keep leather sole?
     

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    Not criticizing but curious, do you wear rubber overshoes in the snow?

    If not, do you find winter means more maintenance of shoes? I hate swapping winter boots for dress shoes at work. Also rubber overshoes can be a pain when they rub off a shine.
     

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    By "refurb" I just meant the multiple conditionings, de-gunking (link to a few pages back) and multiple rounds of polish I applied to these shoes since getting them a week or so ago.

    I know these weren't intended for me, and I don't live in a very snowy place (NC), but I have rubber overshoes that I've never used in several years of owning them. I'm pretty diligent about brushing before I put shoes up for the night, preceded by a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth if they've encountered conditions that would warrant it. It seems to keep things going well.
     

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    When the snow thins out so I can walk where it is only wet, I'll go with shoes with older soles, such as these. Newer shoes get to wait until it is only damp. Either way, a good brushing before and after wearing is important, along with washing off, with a damp cloth, any salt I can find. Damp soles never go into a shoe bag, if the pair happens to have one.
    With real snow on the ground, boots with soles that have propper grip get the call (I.e. AE Higgins Mill). I am an engineer so it is never an issue about style, we don't seem to have any.
     

  7. suitforcourt

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    Thanks! So when I accidentally get stuck in the snow storm, I take the following steps to clean up the shoes:

    1. Take a damp cloth with warm water, and wipe the leather to remove any salt or crap that got on the body;
    2. Dunk the soles in water to wash off the junk;
    3. Let shoes dry over night or more;
    4. Apply a round of conditioner (usually Bick 4);
    5. Then lots of brushing.

    Like you, I find simple regular maintenance helps maintain longevity of shoes.

    I guess I'll stick to swapping boots for shoes at work, or wear rubber overshoes. It's a pain, but until I move to Barbados, this is my life.

    Keep the shoe porn coming boys!
     

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    Not knowing where you live, I'm expecting 20cm of snow this weekend. A pair of dress shoes will only get my feet soaked and cold. Sigh.
     

  9. smfdoc

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    Not really vintage, but they have been reworked a bit and might sooth @suitforcourt desire for shoe porn. Black shell Leeds from AE with ah edge color change and alabaster laces.

    IMG_2565.jpg
     

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    Sole Oil... Yes or no?

    My Freemans seem like the need some help with softening and waterproofing. My Barries are just really stiff. Normal? Would Burgol or Collonil sole oil help?

    Pic of the Barries at Wildfire

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  11. suitforcourt

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    Great work on handsome shoes.
     

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    I use a light (but well rubbed-in) coat of mink oil for leather soles that need either waterproofing or moisturizing - after waiting for it to thoroughly soak in and dry, I brush well with a brush I have reserved for such applications. PS: first use a well dampened rag or paper towel to remove any salt from the shoe and sole. Let dry before applying any oil
     

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    The photo needed some help too. This gives us a better idea of what the hell you've got there.

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    That pic is better.
     

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    I solved this problem by living in Los Angeles. It rarely rains; it never snows.
     

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