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It's anticipated to be a very hot and humid summer ahead for my area. Which only lasts until August. By September, snow wouldn't be a surprise.

The last few days in particular have been stifling with the humidity build up. Feels like 45+ degrees Celsius.

Went to grab a pair of indoor shoes, and there was mold on the front end of the welt and toe cap area. I cleaned it off, and found more mold inside the toe box. So I've used some lysol wipes on the interior to clear it up, and now letting them dry out. A second pair on the same rack had same issue.

My normal storage routine: shoe trees, and on top of racks. Some shoes are inside shoe bags. Boots don't.

Double check your collection, everyone. Don't want mold destroying our precious vintage pairs!
 

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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.
Yes, we've had this conversation more than once. I remember you hate it. That's why I said it. 🤣

These would look good in a Vibram Montagna (132), or maybe Tyvum (700).

Fortunately (or sadly), the topy and heels are pretty new. So it'll be a while before I get them resoled.

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I just saw these shoes on eBay and started to get excited until I remembered that I hate the last the Polo is built on.

 

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For Wingtip Wednesday, I'm wearing... er... Cap Toes by Peal & Co. (Brooks Brothers)

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Bostonian shell short wings for WTW…
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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.
Just now, I brought this and another pair to Raul at Master Shoe Repair.

Turns out, these boots *were* as badly mangled as I feared - the past cobbler wrecked the welt. The needed a complete rebuild, including new welt. But the uppers are really well made, and are very good leather.

And you know what? I went for it. I said I was thinking of them as winter boots, Raul showed me the 430 sole. Going with a neutral welt.

Can't wait to get these back in a few weeks!

Edit: almost forgot, for plain toe Thursday, wearing my bison Loakes for the first time. A little stiff, but will be very comfy once broken in.

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Just now, I brought this and another pair to Raul at Master Shoe Repair.

Turns out, these boots *were* as badly mangled as I feared - the past cobbler wrecked the welt. The needed a complete rebuild, including new welt. But the uppers are really well made, and are very good leather.

And you know what? I went for it. I said I was thinking of them as winter boots, Raul showed me the 430 sole. Going with a neutral welt.

Can't wait to get these back in a few weeks!

Edit: almost forgot, for plain toe Thursday, wearing my bison Loakes for the first time. A little stiff, but will be very comfy once broken in.

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Can't wait to see the results! The 430 has a slimmer profile and has decent traction in the winter. Obviously not as effective as lugs but they're perfect for a dressier look.
 

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Can't wait to see the results! The 430 has a slimmer profile and has decent traction in the winter. Obviously not as effective as lugs but they're perfect for a dressier look.
Yeah, my cobbler definitely wanted to push me toward dressier. These will be casual boots, but he handed me a 430 sample and I felt the mini-lugs on it. Should be perfectly cromulent for mid-atlantic winters.

I got the distinct feeling he was really looking forward to working on them. The seams are fraying, the welt is ruined, and the upper leather is beautiful & thick.
 

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These are 1960s Thom McAn Bootmasters. I found these at a thrift store in unworn condition along with two other identical pairs, one of which was also unworn and another that was heavily worn. I guess the original owner stocked up on a pair he liked and found them to be much more durable than expected.
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Thom McCan was a budget brand. These must have been from a premium
line I was unaware of. They look to be much higher quality than the Thom
McCans I remember.
 

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Dack’s kudu wholecuts today…
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Thom McCan was a budget brand. These must have been from a premium
line I was unaware of. They look to be much higher quality than the Thom
McCans I remember.
Yes, I believe the Bootmasters were their highest line at the time. Prior to the 60s, McAn was a more budget friendly brand, but still made some excellent shoes. After the 60s, they were pretty universally junk.
 

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