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post #1 of 367
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I read such wonderful things about B. Nelson, so I decided to take several pairs of shoes into get some work done. Boy, what a bad idea. I have three pair of shoes that have different levels of poor quality work.

The first pair was taken for a metal tap, the nails are too long and put a whole in my shoe. A small hole, but a hole nonetheless. The second, a pair was a my wife's Christian Louboutin's, somehow they managed to get polish on places that had no reason to have polish, and the third pair of CL's (not shown) has some black polish on the bottom, removing that looks like it will remove the red from the sole.

I am definitely not happy and will return tomorrow to have everything corrected, although I don't know if much can be done about the hole!!!!!!


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post #2 of 367
that's pretty poor
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post #4 of 367
Wow, I would have thought the thread title was an oxymoron! That said, I'm highly surprised to hear this. I'm sure Nick V will make it right for you. Let us know how it comes out.
post #5 of 367
wow, note to self. avoid b. nelson no way to make that right on the men's shoes except them buying you a new pair.
post #6 of 367
I am surprised that is Nick's work. His installation of suken toe plates on my G&G was picture perfect. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/...8d93bf1b_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/...9b30f062_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5297/...5ce71699_b.jpg The B. Nelson you are referring to is this one? http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/
post #7 of 367
I've had nothing but good experiences with B. Nelson but as with any business, YMMV. I'm confident that Nick will rectify the situation.
post #8 of 367
Should check it before leaving the premises as a habit in general of all service places, in case of any damage or something you can point it out there instead of getting home, and going back when you discovered it, also that way for sure no freak accidents have happened.

In this specific case, it would be better to have asked for the person who runs b nelson, nick v as he is pretty helpful over the forum, and see if you can work something out between you guys privately. Otherwise posts like this are bad for the reputation of small businesses and this could have been an isolated incident that could have been worked out
post #9 of 367
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Originally Posted by CYstyle View Post
Should check it before leaving the premises as a habit in general of all service places, in case of any damage or something you can point it out there instead of getting home, and going back when you discovered it, also that way for sure no freak accidents have happened.

In this specific case, it would be better to have asked for the person who runs b nelson, nick v as he is pretty helpful over the forum, and see if you can work something out between you guys privately. Otherwise posts like this are bad for the reputation of small businesses and this could have been an isolated incident that could have been worked out

I am sure he is helpful on the forum, that still doesn't change the fact the $2000 worth of shoes came back to me in condition that is unacceptable for such a reputable place.

This is not to say that I won't use their services again, should they satisfactorily rectify this situation. But people should be aware of any experiences that happen at a place where members of a forum recommend, good or bad.

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Originally Posted by stant62 View Post
I've had nothing but good experiences with B. Nelson but as with any business, YMMV. I'm confident that Nick will rectify the situation.

I definitely agree with YMMV. I hope so, in terms of working it out, or....

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Originally Posted by JamesX View Post
I am surprised that is Nick's work. His installation of suken toe plates on my G&G was picture perfect.


The B. Nelson you are referring to is this one?
http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/

Yes.
post #10 of 367
Is that a hole, or just a cut? It looks like just a nick, which can be covered up to the point that you will not notice it. Nick is a good guy and he will take care of everything for sure. I can understand the frustration, but I have had great experiences there. I just had a resole done and metal taps and they were just as good as MTO from a factory:

post #11 of 367
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
Is that a hole, or just a cut? It looks like just a nick, which can be covered up to the point that you will not notice it. Nick is a good guy and he will take care of everything for sure. I can understand the frustration, but I have had great experiences there. I just had a resole done and metal taps and they were just as good as MTO from a factory:


It's a hole, that is the nail sticking through.

Nick wasn't in when I went in this morning, Wilfredo said he wasn't coming in. Wilfredo, the guy who probably messed up my shoes had an attitude because I was asking for Nick. I think he remembers when I brought one the CL's, shown here, to get fixed after the initial bothced repair.
post #12 of 367
I just got back my lobbs from bnelson last week. also had the metal toe taps installed. I wasn't so happy with the work. one screw is coming through the welt. there's edge dressing on the leather on several areas. just sloppy. Nick was not there either time I was there.
post #13 of 367
would love to hear how this issue is resolved. did you contact nick v. directly? he seems solid - would like to hear what the results are. this seems like a quality control issue.
post #14 of 367
Holy smokes, I'm really amazed that the nail went through the shoe. I've always ground the fronts of my shoes, and was considering metal toe taps to help with this. Now I'm pretty hesitant, but I hope there's a resolution to this.
post #15 of 367
I just had metal heel and toe taps (not flush) installed to a pair of C&J's at a local cobbler in London.

They have tiny spikes to grip the leather soles and then 2 holes where you can insert nails. The cobbler used nails on the heel, but not on the toe as he said this would damage the welt. Is this right? Should nails even be used on the toe?
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