Dissolved? No. Apparently unstable, however. Nick suggested that I had grounds for contacting Vass and asking that they make it right. They may well have done so, but I chose to place my shoes in Nick's hands. A modest sum of money gave me back my shoes better than ever. I live in the city, so the proximity is convenient and I now know first hand that Nick is to be trusted with my high-end shoes. He's now doing some minor repair work on a pair of Alden shell.