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Anyone got suggestions for a good glue for wifey’s heel? Or is this a no brainer gorilla glue fix?
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C&J for Ralph Lauren whiskey shell short wing bluchers. These are a grail pair for me. I wanted a pair ever since I installed grommets on a pair Alberto Suastez owns. I got them for an incredible deal. But they needed some TLC. I used acetone to strip them. Then I sanded the shell, starting with 800 grit and working up to 3000. I avoided sanding the brogue so as not to sand down the stitching. It left the brogue darker, which I like. I sun-faded them for two days and finished them with a round of Pure Polish cordovan cream (that stuff is amazing, BTW). I’m happy with how they came out. These really are stunning shoes. The only problem is that they are a very high volume shoe, and so my slightly wide and flat 9D foot is sort of swimming in them. I’m going to add an insole to see if that helps. Here’s the before and after, with the refurbished in between.
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I've got a new appreciation for suede's durability.

A few days ago I thrifted a pair of old Alfred Sargent chelseas.

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The left boot had a pretty bad patch of gunk about halfway down the right side. I couldn't get it out with brushing alone. I tried a little steam, and that didn't do anything, either.

I brought them to my new cobbler, Raul, to see if they could be saved. Not even exaggerating, it took him less than a minute to get it looking good. He taught me a technique using a knife and fine sandpaper - to scrape out the gunk and then bring up some nap.

I finished them up at home, and now they're looking good!

I don't know why I thought you couldn't be that rough with suede.
 

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I've got a new appreciation for suede's durability.

A few days ago I thrifted a pair of old Alfred Sargent chelseas.

Pre-cleanup photo:
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The left boot had a pretty bad patch of gunk about halfway down the right side. I couldn't get it out with brushing alone. I tried a little steam, and that didn't do anything, either.

I brought them to my new cobbler, Raul, to see if they could be saved. Not even exaggerating, it took him less than a minute to get it looking good. He taught me a technique using a knife and fine sandpaper - to scrape out the gunk and then bring up some nap.

I finished them up at home, and now they're looking good!

I don't know why I thought you couldn't be that rough with suede.
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93606s rebuilt with Dainite soles and grommets. Some Mad Dog Laces for a different look.

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I've got a new appreciation for suede's durability.

A few days ago I thrifted a pair of old Alfred Sargent chelseas.

Pre-cleanup photo:
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The left boot had a pretty bad patch of gunk about halfway down the right side. I couldn't get it out with brushing alone. I tried a little steam, and that didn't do anything, either.

I brought them to my new cobbler, Raul, to see if they could be saved. Not even exaggerating, it took him less than a minute to get it looking good. He taught me a technique using a knife and fine sandpaper - to scrape out the gunk and then bring up some nap.

I finished them up at home, and now they're looking good!

I don't know why I thought you couldn't be that rough with suede.
That’s exactly my experience with suede. Suede looks all soft, fluffy and delicate, but it’s like the Wolverine of leathers. It’s way tougher than it looks.
 

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