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Vintage Dress shoe appreciation, tips, maintenance and advice

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

  1. flipstah

    flipstah Distinguished Member

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    Indeed they are. Great commuting shoe.

    I want these to last so might get topsole on these.
     

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    WOW! @JohnAAG this is a fantastic write-up. I am going to save this and try it.

    I have a pair of Alden Full Strap loafers that I bought on ebay. The seller did not disclose the cracking but they were pretty cheap (for Alden), so I decided to keep them. I am going to try this and see how it goes! Thanks for writing this up and for all your trial and error work!
     

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    Check out @JohnAAG 's revival challenge pair. Nothing short of a miracle.
     

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    Walnut LWB NB!

    All my vintage shoes are equal, but some are more equal.

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    What brand? The colour looks great. I appreciate the lighter tone.
     

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    My EEE size limits the range of available vintage shoes, so its time to pull out my trusty Florsheims today. 93602 in the sun and indoors.

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    I decided to wear a pair I haven't worn in a while. I have several pair of tassel loafers in black calf and a few in #8 shell cordovan. These are very made well. They are vintage Johnston Murphy back when they were still quality shoes. With the squarish toe, they are not quite as elegant as my others. But, it is nice to remember J&M used to make good shoes (some still are decent).

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    Here are the $2 Allen Edmonds Park Avenues I rescued from the big blue bins at the Goodwill Outlet yesterday. Just about to be put in a pallet-sized box then forklifted onto a container, possibly headed for Central America (calling @JohnAAG, sorry dude!). There's a hole the size of a quarter in one sole and the heels are shot but the uppers cleaned up so well with only Bick 4, Saphir Renovateur and trees that I decided to have them recrafted by AE and give them to one of my sons. The last pair he got were some Alden 684 shell loafers; the kid is lucky let me tell you. fullsizeoutput_14cd.jpeg

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    Oh man, that would have been a damn shame if they hadn’t been rescued. Those are in fine shape. FYI, you don’t need to send them all the way through recrafting. The welt looks good, just have a good local cobbler do a resole (unless you don’t have a good cobbler, in which case AE recraft is a good option).
     

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    Day 5 of Shell Week. Cordwainer Wright LWB. These fit very wide, so I have to wear thick socks. But they are very comfortable. I was wearing them when I took most of the photos in Tokyo posted yesterday. Good walking shoes for exploring a city.

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    Objection counselor; those are corrected grain / Polished <insert descriptor>, not BookBinder. Actual bookbinder leather is that “other stuff”.

    At least that’s my opinion and I’m all about being opinionated.
     

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    Nice looking shoes.
     

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    I do have a very good one here and the cost would be about the same, for soles and heels. I was just noticing that the AE recraft includes recorking and reconditioning the uppers, which would be useful for this pair since they have some scuffs all around the heels. I'm going to have my son try them on when he's home for some other occasion and make sure they fit before I commit to either option though. Burgundy captoe oxfords are a great all-around choice of style for business and dressed-up casual wear, so they're worth investing in. Oh and BTW the AE Cambridge shell wingtips sold this morning for full price. Took a month and a half, but they're on their way to a new home.
     
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