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hellbilly075
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Real Name: eric armour

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:12 pm    Post subject: makeing new shoes look old Reply with quote

Does anyone know how to make new shoes look worn short of wearing them all the time? I have to hand it to Jas Towmsend, they make a sturdy shoe. I've heard about soaking them and then walking then dry. But what about the outside...Eric
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Loyalist Dave
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Real Name: David Woolsey

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well distressing leather often means damaging the leather to a small degree, lessening the life of the item..., but if they are smooth side out, try a little steel wool, or a green-scrubby from the dishwashing liquid area of the super market...be gentle.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mow the lawn a couple of times, wear them on a few hikes...they'll "patina" nicely on their own....faked aging is just that, fake...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:04 pm    Post subject: Making new shoes look old Reply with quote

It would seem to me that if you are portraying a person of the period, your shoes (and other equipment) would be new. Anyone with a good pair of shoes would be proud of them and take good care of them, not let them deteriorate unnecessarily.

Living history is about being IN the period, not FROM the period. Making 250 year ago kit look 250 years old defeats the purpose. A 1750's period musket or rifle would be NEW in 1750.

Just my thoughts.
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