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All of you, please throw your shoes at my slumlord.
I would be happy to, but I am sure I would become winded somewhere along the way. I am no longer the shoe chukker of my earlier years.
 

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Is it ironic because you're defending him in court?
Haha, no. Not sure how much I can say, except he is employed by the other team.
 

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@kilowatts — I know you’ve done some leather bag restoration. I’m trying to clean up one of my wife’s purses and running into a thing. There are a few streaks on the natural leather surface that remain after a thorough saddle soap and Bick 4 treatment. I’m assuming she dropped lotion or sunscreen or similar. Any thoughts on removal? Pictures below.

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Rubbing alcohol or Renomat? Or would that just completely strip the colour...
 

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Vintage Florsheim cap toes made for Florsheim stores. I dyed these moccasin brown.
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Nettleton alligator loafers today. I have a similar pair from Foot-Joy but saw a nasty tear this morning and had to put them aside.

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Sigh - finally found a Concord AND a Boulevard in my size listed just now and both of them are too far gone. I'm pretty sure it's the shoe gods confirming that I have bought too many shoes lately.
 

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I think shoe polish should do it. Maybe light sanding as well.
Like with a 400 grit or finer, maybe a 600. I used 320 on the pair above but the scratches were a lot deeper.
Brown cream polish should do the trick.
Thanks for the insight. I learned how to polish and buff shoes today and I used that pair as my first job, the scuff is no longer visible. That started a kick of polishing some of my duller looking shoes as well as fixing minor scuffs on others. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be!
 

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Thanks for the insight. I learned how to polish and buff shoes today and I used that pair as my first job, the scuff is no longer visible. That started a kick of polishing some of my duller looking shoes as well as fixing minor scuffs on others. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be!
Now you will be addicted. We've ruined you for marriage. Wed your shoes.
 

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Hi Trojan:
I hope you know that you’re interrupting valuable beach time. For you, I’ll respond. 😄
It looks like you’re right, it’s a spill. Try a little darker cream polish applied with a qtip and rubbed well in to see if it will change the color. Also, finish with a couple of coats of dubbin or leather balm which will darken the whole thing a little, perhaps enough to cover the streaks.
Good luck buddy. Let me know.
I was at the airport in Maui with one of my Gladstone bags when several people in a row commented about how cool it looked. I felt a bit like a bag celebrity!

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Thanks @kilowatts — was trying to see if I could do it without color, but I’ll give it a shot.
 

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Streaks like that, that stay after you’ve cleaned the product off, come from an oil imbalance. Whatever was spilled acted as a solvent, and both slightly removed the finish and pulled oil from the grain. So, condition the grain first to restore the oils, then use some sort of light pigmented cream in very thin amounts. You will want it to dry fully, so you don’t get any pigment “rub off” on clothing afterwards. Then you’re good.
thanks @DapperAndy!!
 

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Florsheim 92604. No date code.

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Day 4 of trial got cancelled. We wrapped up all submissions yesterday and judge will issue decision in late November. So today, I have the luxury of working from home.

Maiden voyage of my recently acquired Silver Stud for Frank Wright, Veldtschoen shoes. Frank Wright manufactured shoes for the British military, and some of their history can be found here:

https://classicshoesformen.com/the-collection/new-frank-wright-officers-zug-grain-veldtschoen-derby-41-5d/

Veldtschoen, is the Dutch word for "field shoe" and were perfected by British shoe manufacturers as the cheery rainy weather of England and the Scottish highlands made waterproof footwear ever so necessary. They were believed to have been invented for the Boer war in South Africa, and worn extensively by British and Commonwealth (including Canadian) forces during the rainy seasons.

Here is an explanation of Veldtschoen construction: https://www.shoepassion.com/shoe-encyclopaedia/production-methods/veldtschoen/

So on a rainy day, I took them out for a wear. They are stiff and sturdy in feel. The leather soles and nailed leather heels... I'd like to add a rubber sole protector at some point and rubber heels. But if the military could wear them as is, shouldn't I?

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