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These boots aren't made for walking...yet

I just bought a pair of amazing leather boots. They were the last pair. I'm not returning them. However, they're knee-high and the left one is a little too tight on my calf. I can still wear them, but I'm looking for advice as to how to stretch them, just a little, to make them more comfortable in the short term. I imagine that they'll naturally stretch a bit over time, but I'm hoping for a quicker fix. Anyone?
posted by B-squared on May 30, 2009 - 10 answers

What are other examples of offbeat man-made materials?

Pleather fascinates me. What are other examples of man-made "faux" materials and/or products? I'm specifically interested in products that are considered to be (possibly inferior) replacements for the original?
posted by jackypaper on Apr 26, 2009 - 36 answers

Silicone smell in condo

What is the cause of the slightly silicone/leathery/car interior smell in my condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Gussy up my feet for summer.

Are there any sandals as comfortable as Chacos but . . . well, cute? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Dead Cow Wrappers For Words

I've seen a couple people recently with very nice fairly stiff leather journal covers, maybe a little smaller than 8 1/2 by 11, that hold a smaller replaceable floppy journal inside. I want one. I've looked around some, but all I can find are the cheap mass-produced ones. Does the hive mind have a lead on where to get a good-quality leather cover online or in the SF bay area?
posted by devilsbrigade on Mar 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Roman emulation

I am attending film school where I am putting together the proposal for an ambitious film that takes place in the Roman era, in tent interiors. Now, the Romans used leather for tents, however I'd like to use a cheaper alternative, such as brown canvas. Should I use canvas? Where can I get largish quantities of canvas/tent making material? (Some source specific to Vancouver would be very helpful!)
posted by niccolo on Mar 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for leather in NYC

I'd like to buy some leather that's suitable for tooling in NYC. I'm looking for vegetable tanned leather at least 3 or 4 mm in thickness and at least 2 square feet in area. I'd also like to look at it before buying it, so internet-based retailers aren't what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by bshort on Mar 16, 2009 - 1 answer

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves?

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves? [more inside]
posted by autojack on Mar 10, 2009 - 5 answers

What do black leather armbands mean?

In the gay leather subculture, what do those black leather bands around a bicep mean (if anything)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there any hope for my drab, almost-perfect journal?

Is there any chance I could change the color of a leather journal - whether slightly or significantly - without removing the non-leather portions (thus destroying the journal)? Or am I stuck with it how it is? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Jan 31, 2009 - 8 answers

I want this bag! But I can't pay for it!

I am obsessed with this bag. I cannot afford it. Please help me find a substitute. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jan 21, 2009 - 22 answers

my old bag

Please help me restore the shape of my Coach bag. [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy on Jan 10, 2009 - 4 answers

How to keep leather handbag looking like new?

I need some handbag care advice for my girlfriend. She has a golden-tan leather Furla bag that is starting to get a little dried out. We're not in a big city, so going to a professional probably isn't an option. What can she do to treat the leather so it stays looking like new? Specific brand names of products we can order are preferable.
posted by stopgap on Jan 3, 2009 - 12 answers

What exactly is 'stout footwear'?

Help me choose the perfect boots for wandering around foreign cities... [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Dec 9, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I find a classy-looking, ultra-slim wallet?

What is your favorite slim, classy-looking wallet for men? I'm looking for a wallet that looks professional (maybe black or brown leather), and is also very compact. I've looked at the Slimmy but it seems almost too compact, and I'd be worried everything would fall out. Are there any wonders of wallet engineering out there that allow for a reasonable amount of cards and cash without creating a three-inch brick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 23 answers

All this talk about wallets....

Christmas Gift Filter: I am looking for a leather wristlet for my sister and can't find exactly what I want. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Dec 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Leather Jacket Repair

Where can a leather jacket be repaired near White Plains, NY? My son's new jacket brushed against a metal fence and has a clean slice in the sleeve. 2 tailors want to glue and stitch it, but I'm afraid it will look as if the jacket has a scar. Any suggestions?
posted by suzeQ on Nov 24, 2008 - 4 answers

J'ai une chaise longue et poussiéreux.

How to care for an LC4 chaise longue? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 24, 2008 - 1 answer

Tips for buying a mens' leather jacket

I'm wanting to buy a (mens') leather jacket for the first time. What advice can you offer me? Bonus points if you can recommend a particular brand, or a store in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Where do I find a black leather bifold wallet with card slots inside and out, and a zippered change compartment?

I want to find a replacement for a men's Gucci wallet from the late 90's - either the same wallet (new or hardly used, ideally) or one with all the same "features". Can you help me find one, or if not, find out how to find it online or at a store in New York? [more inside]
posted by L'homme armé on Nov 8, 2008 - 2 answers

High End Bondage Gear

Where can I buy high quality bondage gear online? I'm looking for girls' wrist and ankle cuffs specifically, but I also like to browse. There are a million sites out there selling the same old stuff. I'm hoping to find something special.
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I get a Leather Handbag reproduced?

How can I get an old leather handbag reproduced? [more inside]
posted by parrotmom99 on Nov 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Flying the Freak Flag

BDSMFilter: Is a minimal amount of bondagewear acceptable in public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 - 42 answers

The perfect look for the practical punk-rock pervert

I'd like to buy a matching pair of black leather wrist cuffs. And I'd like one of the cuffs to work as a watch band. Does this exist? Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Oct 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Where to fix my bag in NC?

Where can I find a place that does leather repair in the NC Triangle area? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me compromise my ethics!

For nearly a decade now, I've avoided all leather goods for ethical and aesthetic reasons. But I'm at a point where I'm sick of wearing canvas athletic shoes and imitation leather dress shoes (which are often ill fitting and, frankly, silly looking), and am looking to have my guilt assuaged so I can return to wearing leather. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 - 27 answers

Do cats pee on leather?

Have you ever heard of, known, or had a cat who peed on leather furniture? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Sep 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Do bookstraps still exist?

Looking for a pre-WWII-style school bookstrap. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 14, 2008 - 5 answers

How to clean a leather wallet?

Asking for friend: How do I clean a yellow Fossil leather wallet that is starting to turn brown from use? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Aug 3, 2008 - 2 answers

How did pre-industrial leather tanning work?

AskMe Reference Desk: Pre-industrial production and trade of leather and leather goods - how did it work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jul 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Will a vegan sit on a Barcelona chair?

Is it rude to purchase leather furniture if I have vegan friends?
posted by plexi on May 27, 2008 - 36 answers

Is a bycast leather couch crap, or craptacular!?

What can I expect from a leather couch that is made from "bycast leather" (also called "bicast" or PU leather). Any Kramfors owners out there? Also, if I buy a leather couch, will vegetarians hate me? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on May 20, 2008 - 11 answers

eee pc laptop bag

leather laptop bag. where could I have one custom made? or can you recommend one to fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Apr 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Kinky Couture

Where are the good, exciting online fetishwear sites? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 6, 2008 - 10 answers

the care instructions say it, so it must be true

Recommendations for professional leather cleaners in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams on Feb 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Black and tan...and espresso, and cafe, and brown, and sand...

When choosing a leather messenger/shoulder bag, how do I decide between brown and black? Should I try to match to the clothes I usually wear, or just pick what I like? [more inside]
posted by splendid animal on Jan 30, 2008 - 24 answers

Leather, etc: Animal product, or byproduct?

How do I know if something is an animal product, or a by-product that exists only because the animal was killed for other reasons? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Jan 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Shoppingfilter: new mum wants a posh leather backpack, is getting a bit neurotic about it

I used to have nice purses. Now I have a baby. I want a posh, probably leather, backpack to tote around for the next few years. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jan 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Leather Wallet Care: How do I stop the breakdown of my wallet?

Leather Wallet Care: How do I stop the breakdown of my wallet? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Jan 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Help Me Find Flick's Hat

Where can I get a hat like this? I'm looking for an adult-sized hat exactly like this, with the goggles and everything. Thank you!
posted by interrobang on Dec 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Can you diiiggggg it??????

My friends and I are going to start a low down dirty east bay motorcycle gang (we just need bikes!). Where can we get sweet jackets and where can we get them embroidered with our gang name (headless skulls!) and how much should it cost? Bonus question: where do we find kaiser helmets?
posted by Large Marge on Dec 1, 2007 - 17 answers

Removing black grease from brown leather

My cherished leather Coach bag somehow got disgusting, mysterious, silvery-black grease all over the handle. What can I do to clean it safely? I'm looking for people with experience with this type of thing; Google just turns up a bunch of scary results that I'm afraid will ruin my bag. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Nov 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Can the interior lining of leather boots be repaired?

I have a great pair of Fluevog leather boots lined with leather on the inside. The leather lining has worn through inside one heel cup and is starting to rip more and more every time I wear them. Is it possible to get this fixed at a reasonable cost? Anyone know a shoe repairer in NYC who would do a good job? I want to save my boots! Thanks!
posted by agent99 on Oct 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Leather chair restoration

How do I repair a leather chair with a hole and significant cracking? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Oct 17, 2007 - 6 answers

Need custom leather gloves

I'm looking for a custom leather tailor in Seattle. I'd like to get a custom set of driving gloves, because all the off-the-rack gloves don't fit correctly. [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Oct 14, 2007 - 4 answers

I am having trouble finding the right box.

My father in law is celebrating his 70th birthday this weekend. We got him a kickass present, and it deserves to be presented in a kickass box/receptacle/container. I am not finding it. Ideas please? [more inside]
posted by msali on Oct 8, 2007 - 19 answers

How can I make my new leather jacket stop making a squeaking sound?

How can I make my new leather jacket stop making a squeaking sound? [more inside]
posted by stilly on Oct 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Smooth Black Shoes

Tips for keeping black "man-made leather" shoes looking sharp? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Hard Leather Shoes: Why?

Why are shoes made out of hard, ouchy leather? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale on Jul 6, 2007 - 15 answers

How to fix a leather saddlebag?

What is the best way that a rookie leather-worker can salvage a torn leather saddlebag? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Jun 27, 2007 - 2 answers

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