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    My Thrifted To Boot's, Reimagined

    Gents, I picked up a pair of To Boot NY cap toes for $9 at my favorite thrift spot. They had some water/salt damage on the sides near the sole and toe, but otherwise they felt good. The damage went pretty deep, so the only way to wear them (and not embarrass myself with the fashion faux pas) was to try and polish them. I saw Joe's post about the Stafford wingtip boot transformation, but the brown polish I used near the toe just wasn't dark enough. And I didn't want to just make the shoes black. So, I took them to my local cobbler and gave him the project. He replaced the soles, stripped the leather color down, and applied three or four coats of chocolate brown. Two weeks later, I'm very, very happy with the result. The color is now a deep mocha that shines brown in light but leans black when in shadow. The damage is now invisible! The total cost for unique, new (to me) shoes is less than $70.




    #2
    Looks like he did an excellent job. Glad it worked out for you!
    "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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      #3
      Looks awesome! That was some creativity on your part.

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        #4
        Awesome results. TBH, this is one of the reasons I tend to steer clear of eBay for used shoes in not-perfect shape. At thrift store prices of $5-15, a $70 investment with your cobbler and these kinds of results is a bargain. At the $100-150 prices I see some used eBay shoes go for, you'd be better off buying new.
        Ben

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          #5
          Thanks fellas, I was nervous about buying used dress shoes, but I've gained a lot of trust in cobblers' abilities.

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            #6
            wow, impressive results! I like both the before and after colors. For that price, it'd be hard to complain.

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              #7
              Damn those are nice. I wonder if there is a cobbler as talented as yours where I live.

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                #8
                What a transformation! Enjoy them.

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                  #9
                  What a transformation! Nice find and great cobbler!

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