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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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

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    @MJMcRibb - did you sell that NOS golden harvest pair? That was a pretty amazing find.
     

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    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.
     

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    Oh man... aren’t those just fabulous.
     

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    Wow! Superb collection!! And forest grail is right!
     

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    IMG_1930.JPG Florsheim Golden Harvest today.
     

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    More Wingtips!

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    That is a fantastic collection @Thomas Crown -- incredible! Thanks for sharing!
     

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    I think I have a touch of the vapors
     

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    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...
     

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    I did. Thinking I probably went a little low for how quickly they sold, but for what I paid, I can't complain.
     

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    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.
     
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    Thanks for the write up. I love reading about cobblers.

    Question: why use ketchup on the buckle?
     

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    I think you can also use Coca-Cola with the same result!

    kilowatts
     

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    There is a mild acid in it that brightens up brass. Check Youtube, there are videos that show before and after results.
     
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    I knew the coca cola method. And now I know the ketchup way!
     

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