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Shopping in Canberra - UGGs and Davenports

A very odd request I know. My husband will be in Canberra in a few weeks and has limited time there. Like any good opportunist, I have a shopping list for him. I am hoping that he'll be able to purchase Davenports (the underwear) and Ugg boots (not the Deckers ones). Where in Canberra could I direct him for either or?

Alternatively, for Uggs should he wait and purchase at the Sydney airport (either the International terminal or the domestic terminal)?

Thanks!!!!

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1. Re: Shopping in Canberra - UGGs and Davenports

I checked the details of the store where we have bought real Aussie-made Uggs and other sheepskin items and the website and phone number no longer work. I can't tell you how upset I am about that. Too much competition from the cheap imports in department stores and temporary stalls in shopping malls I suppose. If retailers want to maximise their profits by selling cheap goods then buying online might be the way to go.

I found this.

http://www.uggbootcentral.com/

Hopefully someone from Sydney will be able to indicate how the online prices compare to the Sydney prices. Do be careful though at retailers. I heard of one batch of "sheepskin" somewhere that had synthetic lining.

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Davenport is available at our two major department stores, Myer and David Jones. According to the website womens is only available at Myer. Both have stores in the city centre (also 2 Myers and 1 DJ's in the suburbs if that might be more convenient, just ask).

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If you'd like to add anything else to the shopping list you might like to browse these sites :-) The first market is weekly and the second is quarterly so I don't know if that fits in with your husbands visit. I haven't been to either yet (for fear of spending) but I've come across some of the products at annual events.

http://www.obdm.com.au/

http://www.handmademarket.com.au/home.html

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2. Re: Shopping in Canberra - UGGs and Davenports

Thanks for the tips. We were in Sydney in September and I'm hoping with this trip, my hubby will be able to pick up the "I should have bought those" regrets.

I took a look and the Myer's location in the city seem far from the hotel where he is staying (the Griffin). Is this true or is the map deceiving?

Also, any additional ideas on places to pick up Uggs would be welcome.

Thanks!

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3. Re: Shopping in Canberra - UGGs and Davenports

There is a tannery out near Queanbeyan that manufactures and sells UGG Boots, Underwood st Oaks Estate Ph 6297 6157

and also a factory outlet in Fyshwick Unit 3/51 Tennant St Fyshwick Ph 6280 9664

If your husband is staying at the Griffin, nearby is the Shearing Shed, Manuka Crt, Bouganville St Manuka Ph 6295 0061

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4. Re: Shopping in Canberra - UGGs and Davenports

That Fyshwick store is the one whose phone number seems to be disconnected. I truly hope they are only moving. They used to be in a different location. I'll take a look next time I'm out there, for myself as much as anything.

The Manuka place used to be in Kingston. We got a few things back then and were very happy with them. But when they moved to Manuka they used mothballs in the store (only temporarily as far as I know) and it takes ages for that smell to fade so we haven't been in years. Manuka is quite upmarket so I don't know what their prices are like.

The Griffin is in the Manuka/Kingston area which is in the inner south. The nearest Myer is the one in the city centre, which is about a ten minute drive. Or would you need public transport details?

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Rub the soles of the boot on a rough ground surface to create a true worn-in effect.

Bending and twisting the boot helps as well.

Make sure to pay special attention to the heels, creases, zippers or laces for a more authentic look. If you want a more distressed leather look versus suede, rub a bit of shoe wax over the boots after you’re done beating them up.

Now throw them on with your favorite pair of jeans, a long skirt or just about anything else you want to add a rustic look to and enjoy the compliments.

 

 

 

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  1. piper…you are amazing!!!

  2. Amazing!!! Great idea Piper!

    • Thanks so much ladies, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m so happy with how well they came out. Definitely my “new” favorite shoes.

  3. Holy crap you did that yourself? I was admiring those boots yesterday, no clue that you are practically made them. I LOVE it!

  4. I didn’t even know that that was possible. Cool.

    • Kari, anything’s possible:)

  5. Wow wow, I have been looking for new booties, you have certainly make me think. Love your blog!

  6. How do I fix a thin heel on my shoes that got ruined from the separations in the sidewalk.

    • Maria, a good cobbler (shoe smith) is essential in your wardrobe arsenal. That and a good tailor. My first suggestion would be to take it to a professional. They can either repair it, replace the heel or tell you it’s a lost cause. I’ve dealt with all three. I have an ancient pair of boots I love that I’ve had re-soled at least three times, I’ve had magical repairs done and I’ve headed to the mall to get a new pair after they’ve told me it’s no use. Good luck, and keep me posted. I’d love to see a before and after pic:)

  7. I love this idea! I have never seen it before. I’m sure it will change my life!

  8. Way to recycle!! Generally speaking, how long does it take? Do you know if this transformation may be performed on all leather or just the softer stuff?

    • Stephanie, this took me from set up to clean up around 20 minutes. It will work on harder leathers, it will just take more elbow grease and time. On set we used to do it on heavy motorcycle jackets where we would use a dremmel (sp?), a drill with sand paper type attachments. It really just depends what effect you want and what you want to put into it. Truthfully, sometimes it’s hard to stop-ha! Happy aging;)

  9. I did this with a leather bag that was shiny, and I wanted a worn beat up look. I used steel wool but it could use more distressing, so perhaps I’ll go at it again.. Do you think this would work to turn patent leather in dull soft leather?

    • I don’t think it would work as well with patent leather, but I’ve never tried it. If you go for it, let me know how it goes!

      • I took a look at the shoes I have, and it seems they have a layer of ‘patent’ on there, even though the shoes are leather. I looked up how patent leather is made, and it appears that back in the day it was regular leather made shiny, but these days a special coating is applied to make it patent-y. I better not risk it!

        • I think that’s best Danielle. Plus, patent leather is so cute, hate to see it get improperly scuffed.

  10. Well done they look so much nicer! I’m going to try this on my black cowboy boots! :-)

    • Thanks so much, I wear them so much more now it’s amazing. I’d love to see how your boots end up. Good luck!

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  13. DO i have to use a pumice block ?

    • No you don’t. You can use almost anything with texture and/or a rough surface. I just grabbed whatever was in my garage. Sand paper, nail files, pedi scrubbers should all work too. Good luck!

  14. Do you think you could do this with distressed leather boots that have become shinier?

    • I’ve never tried it, but I got this info from a reader, maybe give it a try.
      Good luck!

      If you want to go in the opposite direction ( suede to smooth leather) use Sno-Seal.
      These two pics show a pair of suede Cargo Ugg boots that were converted to a smooth finish. Additionally, the Sno_seal makes the boots waterproof, so they can be worn in rain, sleet and snow without fear of damage, staines or wetness:
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  15. would this work with faux leather?

    • I do not think this method will work with faux leather since there are no fibers (leather or otherwise) underneath the top ‘skin’. Also, you might remove the coloring of the faux leather, and expose a base (possibly different) color.
      -Rohmell

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  17. If the shoes was already suede and got turn to leather can it be converted back to suede?

    • Sure, just use the sandpaper/pumice/ wire brush technique described above.

  18. Any chance this sueding technique would work on nubuck?

  19. hi this sounds interesting.. but wat if the shoes are synthetic leather? would it still work?

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