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The shell cordovan (whiskey and color 8) double welted 1950s British Walkers with SynchroFlex soles have arrived and they are magnificent! These photos are straight out of the box, with only a light horsehair brushing done to them. The patina on these are just crazy! Unfortunately, they are just a tad bit narrow for me, but I am going to give breaking them in an honest shot.

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Try and use a shoe stretcher.
Not usually advised with shell, unless you're REALLY careful.

The fibers are incredibly dense and are already pulled taut. It's very possible to tear the uppers.

Better to see if they stretch naturally when you walk around a while. And if there's a leather lining, maybe use some shoe stretch spray on that.
 

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C&J for Peal and Co today; patina by yours truly…
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Try and use a shoe stretcher.
I’d feel more comfortable stretching non-vintage shell, which I’ve done. But not those. If you hit them with the pure polish cordovan cream they may soften a bit.
 

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I took on a new challenge today!

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These things had never seen a brush in their life, let alone conditioner or polish.

Brand names have been worn off, but they're made in USA, and they're built really well... aside from the poorly installed topy.

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For $6, I decided I wanted to save these.

And so...

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I'll leave them overnight and give a good brushing tomorrow.

I think these might be my new beaters - I may finally chuck the ****** J&M's I've had for years.
 

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I took on a new challenge today!

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These things had never seen a brush in their life, let alone conditioner or polish.

Brand names have been worn off, but they're made in USA, and they're built really well... aside from the poorly installed topy.

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For $6, I decided I wanted to save these.

And so...

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I'll leave them overnight and give a good brushing tomorrow.

I think these might be my new beaters - I may finally chuck the ****** J&M's I've had for years.
Nice work.

If you decide to keep them longterm, a cobbler can rebuild them. If you're in a snow belt, I'd recommend rubber soles. And maybe even replace the footbed/insole if they're really worn.
 

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Nice work.

If you decide to keep them longterm, a cobbler can rebuild them. If you're in a snow belt, I'd recommend rubber soles. And maybe even replace the footbed/insole if they're really worn.
Ooh, these would be perfect with Dainite soles, wouldn't they!!!!!

The footbeds aren't worn down or damaged, fortunately. The logos are just worn off.
 

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AE Dundee in sub-faded black shell today…
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Found this pair when visiting a 2nd shoe shop today, probably made in Germany or Austria in the 50s-60s.
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Bonus a pair of Carlos Santos Monkstrap and a pair of Gravati Loafer for Wilkes bashford, all 3 for $60.
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That style actually looks very 1920s-early 30s to me.
Thank you!
I just did some research after reading your comment, it seems this rounded square toe style really was popular at that time.
 

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Happy wingtip Wednesday forum pals. Modified 92604 Florsheims.

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Ooh, these would be perfect with Dainite soles, wouldn't they!!!!!

The footbeds aren't worn down or damaged, fortunately. The logos are just worn off.

I'm not a fan of Dainite. I find they provide little to no traction on ice, snow, or even a wet smooth surface. I'm not sure what they're good for. I'd take a Vibram 430 sole, or Dr. Sole, or even a rubber sole saver on top of a leather sole. If it were up to me.

I have Dainite on quite a few pairs of shoes and boots. And when the time comes, they'll be eliminated from my collection.
 

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