As with all the antique shoes I buy, I veer towards oldies that have seen better centuries. Usually they're wrinkled, they're flakey, they're teeny-tiny, and they're cheap, all great attributes to have for study pieces, rather than display. The idea of *wearing* these doesn't even enter my head.
|The real McCoy - 100-year-old button boots...on my feet! I normally wear a 7.5 B width.|
So Chris and I took some shoe cream to them, along with most of a tin of Kiwi Parade Gloss, and hot-spooned these puppies into the wee hours of the morning. After all was said and done, holy cannoli, they're shiny and lovely and quenched.
|After polishing. The leather is still worn, but in some places it almost looks new.|
|My "formal" Steampunk costume - I need to make a shorter skirt now to show off the boots!|