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A favour for a friend part one – assessing the job

September 21, 2010

My mate and copywriter at work Andy came in last Friday wearing a pair of shoes that were to put it bluntly, a bloody disgrace. It’s nice to see a well worn pair of shoes but these have been nothing short of abused – worn rain or shine and never cleaned, wouldn’t know what a shoe-tree looks like and have you seen the insoles, how do you walk in them?

As I couldn’t bear to see such a shitty pair of shoes, for some bizarre reason I offered to try and save them (it’s not something I’m going to be making a habit of). However I’m not holding out a huge amount of hope as this is what I’m working with:

The pictures actually make them look better than they are but believe me when I say they’re trashed! There’s no top layer left on the ends of the toes or on the side of the right shoe and due to the amount of staining and watermarking on them, we’ve decided the best course will be to darken them.

As I reckon they’d look wicked in burgundy and Andy’s happy with that, it’s the route we’re going down. The colour should be deep enough to hide most of the marks whilst being bright enough to give the shoes a lift, otherwise we’d be heading into proper old man brown shoes territory. What I might do is build up the lower coats in burgundy and then put a couple of brown coats of polish over the top – that way it should give the shoes a nice chestnut brown colour.

I’ll also be fixing the insoles as this should be quick and polishing up the heals. Shouldn’t take too long and hopefully I’ll be able to get them looking half decent again.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2010 6:16 pm

    the are totally fricked up. it’s going to interesting to see the results. nice post

  2. James permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:21 pm

    You’re going to have your work cut out with those! Looking forward to seeing the results.

  3. September 23, 2010 9:54 am

    Colour coats are on and they’re looking much better (in fact they look ace burgundy), I’ll be doing an update either tomorrow or Monday, should have them totally finished by mid next week.

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