Handing in your existing shoes and getting back something completely different is a good feeling. A feeling that I am sure that Mr. Alexander Nurulaeff, of Dandy Shoe Care, provides to many many people throughout the year. Recently I found myself not wearing a pair of my Ed Et Al ‘Amoy Quay’ loafers, a pair that I absolutely love, but originally done in a color that is not so suitable for London weather, nor my wardrobe. Therefore, I contacted Mr. Nurulaeff in the hopes to have him alter my pair into something magnificent that I could sink my teeth into! While I had no doubt in my mind that he could do just that, I was just so eager to see the final product as I had always admired his work in photo but never had the pleasure of seeing it in person. Let me tell you that was I thoroughly impressed!!
He told me that in order to create this specific patina he used a combination of 10 colors to create the depth of the shade of burgundy presented. Sounds complicated doesn’t it!! But what a result in the end. So worth it for sure and in person they are even that much more amazing! And he was even kind enough to have wanted to dedicate the patina to the arrival of my new son, Nereo. A lovely gesture without a doubt. Now I am really excited to commence the collaboration that we are going to have through him and my shoe line J.FitzPatrick, whereby I will be offering white shoes for all of you to put a patina on. Will be doing a test run of this in the coming months (will document it for you to see) and hope to start offering it as another “blog exclusive” sometime in the Spring of 2014.
I am sure that this will stimulate many of you to want to give it a go, so allow me to say that prices start at �85 and go up depending on how complicated you want the patina (and of course, you would be responsible for shipping to and from his workshop). For all other inquiries, please contact Alexander at�[email protected]
I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend!
Justin, “The Shoe Snob”