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Creating a Clean Vamp Crease

Posted by Wyatt Gilmore on

Creating a Clean Vamp Crease

When you wear a new pair of shoes or boots for the first time, the vamp leather will crease at the metatarsal flex point. Each shoe will be different due to the pattern, materials and the individual wearing the shoe. Here we show you how to create a nice clean break. All you need is a pen with a smooth surface to avoid any scratching.

Below are a few pictures illustrating the method on a new pair of shell cordovan plain toes. 


Place the pen across the vamp on a slight angle (to match metatarsal angulation) and flex the vamp by holding toes on the ground and lifting heel. There is no need to put excessive pressure on the leather, instead just holding the pen in place. 

After flexing both shoes with the pen, you should have a noticeable flexing point.

Now you are all set! Once a uniform crease is created it will maintain for the life of the shoe. As always, using shoe trees can also help preserve the shape of the shoe along with limiting excessive vamp creasing. 

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  • @alex – These are cognac shell cordovan bluchers that we have pre ordered in the past!

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  • What are those gorgeous shoes?

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  • @TJ While I have never used a PVC pipe, I do use the back side of a spoon which definitely works. The natural oils and fibers in the deer bone are helpful when you are pressing against the leather upper.

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  • I’ve been looking at deer bones to smooth creases in my shell. The bones are pricey. Do you think a smooth, small PVC pipe with Venetian shoe cream for lubricant would work just as well? Thank you.

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  • Wyatt,

    Very happy to see the photos on how to crease a shoe. Very important for the “look” and the comfort. Was taught this 60 years ago. Keep up the good work on the Grant Stone program. Very proud of you. Grandpa


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