1. Welcome to our newest affiliate vendor, Todd Shelton We are very happy to welcome our newest affiliate vendor, Todd Shelton which focuses on basic pieces customized to fit your body and your tastes.

Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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

  1. davidVC

    davidVC Senior Member

    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    1,415
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    @MJMcRibb - did you sell that NOS golden harvest pair? That was a pretty amazing find.
     

  2. Thomas Crown

    Thomas Crown Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,183
    Likes Received:
    5,345
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Thanks David,honestly it was your blog that I have to thank/blame for helping to focus/enable my relatively recent pastime/addiction for this incredibly interesting and rewarding subject. It has been also quite enjoyable nerding out with the guys on this thread. Sometimes(actually often) I may buy superfluous shoes I don’t need but it’s all pretty damn positive-you made another convert to “keeping ‘em flying”! good work all.
     

  3. wasmisterfu

    wasmisterfu Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,013
    Likes Received:
    5,614
    Joined:
    May 11, 2018
    Location:
    Northern New Jersey
    Oh man... aren’t those just fabulous.
     

  4. Vinilo1969

    Vinilo1969 Senior Member

    Messages:
    337
    Likes Received:
    732
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2017
    Wow! Superb collection!! And forest grail is right!
     

  5. Vinilo1969

    Vinilo1969 Senior Member

    Messages:
    337
    Likes Received:
    732
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2017
    IMG_1930.JPG Florsheim Golden Harvest today.
     

  6. instigateur

    instigateur Senior Member

    Messages:
    649
    Likes Received:
    3,960
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2017
    Location:
    Illinois (NW Suburbs)
    More Wingtips!

    Barrie LTD LWB 0712180742.jpeg
     

  7. AEShoeMan

    AEShoeMan Senior Member

    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    3,168
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2018
    Location:
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    That is a fantastic collection @Thomas Crown -- incredible! Thanks for sharing!
     

  8. ccpl14

    ccpl14 Senior Member

    Messages:
    369
    Likes Received:
    1,571
    Joined:
    May 6, 2017
    Location:
    The Great Midwest
    I think I have a touch of the vapors
     

  9. Timeless-guy

    Timeless-guy Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2018
    Impossible is a very strong word......
    Tods can be resoled, perhaps not exactly as they were originally, such as with bonded, one piece, proprietary, rubber soles.....but often, in a manner that is a structural improvement to the original. Such as with a Blake/McKay stitch incorporated.
    The shoes in the picture show no real obstacle that couldn’t be overcome.
    Important to understand that there almost certainly would be a change to the feel and performance of the shoes thereafter...
     

  10. MJMcRibb

    MJMcRibb Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,402
    Likes Received:
    4,615
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2013
    I did. Thinking I probably went a little low for how quickly they sold, but for what I paid, I can't complain.
     

  11. CWOyaji

    CWOyaji Senior Member

    Messages:
    846
    Likes Received:
    5,381
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Location:
    Left Coast
    My local cobbler is a great conversationalist, works by himself and is getting close to retirement, best I can tell. The displays are dusty and there isn't a lot of foot traffic. But his shop is next to the best coffee shop in town so I find myself giving him more work to help keep the lights on and because it's so convenient. Unfortunately his sole stitching machine conked out and the guy who repairs it comes by only about twice a year, all the way from Chile. I swear I'm not making this up. So there are certain jobs he can do and some he can't. But he gets first crack at all of them. Like putting new heels on my 93602's and 97625's. Made them look and feel like new again, even though they're from 1980 and 1991, respectively. fullsizeoutput_12a3.jpeg
    He also does a lot of repairs of other leather goods. I bought this crocodile belt in Saigon on my last trip to visit my daughter, who is a teacher there. The clasp that came with it kept popping loose. So I thrifted a brass belt buckle, dunked it in ketchup for a day to remove a little tarnish, wiped it clean and had him stitch it on. fullsizeoutput_129e.jpeg
    I really like the result. And if you are ever in Tan Son Nhat Airport waiting for your flight, don't hesitate to pick up one of these. They are sustainably farm raised, high quality and great value.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

  12. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,270
    Likes Received:
    2,799
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2012
    Location:
    Greater Toronto Area
    Thanks for the write up. I love reading about cobblers.

    Question: why use ketchup on the buckle?
     

  13. kilowatts

    kilowatts Senior Member

    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    758
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2016
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC.
    I think you can also use Coca-Cola with the same result!

    kilowatts
     

  14. CWOyaji

    CWOyaji Senior Member

    Messages:
    846
    Likes Received:
    5,381
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Location:
    Left Coast
    There is a mild acid in it that brightens up brass. Check Youtube, there are videos that show before and after results.
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018

  15. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,270
    Likes Received:
    2,799
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2012
    Location:
    Greater Toronto Area
    I knew the coca cola method. And now I know the ketchup way!
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.