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Bass on Sale

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If you have a Bass Outlet store anywhere near you – you’ll find they have a great sale going on. THREE pair – any style – for the price of one! I pounced. They also take 10% off if you have a AAA card.

I’ll be working on these later today – saddle soap, polish, fire, water – great shine

Bass on Sale!


Written by sorrentolens

July 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

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  1. Good luck trying to make shoes out of those, old sport. You’d be amazed at how unwieldy that crap leather is. You might try running them over with a tank or other armored vehicle if you have access to it.

    Rubbing alcohol will help break down the awful sealant on the leather. Saddle soap won’t even begin to penetrate that plasticine, nor will mink oil, nor will polish…

    Like everything else, they’re not what they used to be.


    July 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    • K – yeah, I’ve noticed they have a plastique kinda look to them. So far I’ve gotten plenty of advice on how to make them real. May put up another post on how I “transitioned them”. I have my Cole Haans to fall back on, but hey, those are Chinese crap too.


      July 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      • I hate Cole Haans. I still have scars from a pair of Cole Haans. I’d throw a brick through their damned windows if I thought I could get away with it. I will never make a purchase from those people again.

        Ahem. Yeah. I really don’t like them.


        July 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

      • K – also agree on the cheapness of Cole Haan. The soles and stitching are poor. It’s the Chinese factor – they turn out crap – Cole Haan is owned by Nike.

        Ummm— how do you feel about Nike?


        July 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

  2. The rubbing alcohol really strips the shellac-crap off of them. Then you moisturize heavily with Kiwi leather lotion or the like. Then cream polish to restore the color and wax to give it some shine. You can make a decent-looking pair of shoes out of them yet.


    July 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

  3. I’ve found that they’re also narrower than other shoes. If I ever buy any again in the future–not likely until they repent and move back to the USA–I’ll have to buy them in a wide, rather than my usual D width.

    Greg’s correct: you gotta hit em with the alcohol. They’ll feel “tacky” to the touch for a couple days, but that goes away. I’m telling you, if you run them over, it can only be a good thing. They’re not like topsiders where a day at the beach makes them into glove leather. These require the hands and sensibilities of a physical interrogation specialist.


    July 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    • K.S. – When I was buying them, I had to go up a size to 10D. They felt good in the store with socks on — guess I have my work cut out for me.


      July 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

  4. Actually, Paul…3 for the price of one is more than fair for these, so good job on that. Wish there was a Bass outlet near me. I’d gladly beat these to death as custom jobs and sling em on eBay to lazy trads.


    July 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  5. You can turn them into a reasonably decent-looking pair of shoes. See, e.g.,


    July 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

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