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post #31 of 63
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Originally Posted by anonymouz View Post

I just had a pair of AE Graysons (shells) resoled by B. Nelson's. The resole job was fine.
However...when I went to give the shoes a brush down, I discovered some kind of shoe cream applied thoroughly all over! baldy[1].gif
I had to spend a good amount of time cleaning that stuff off and I'm not sure it's all completely off yet. I'll go over the shoes again in the next few days.
I probably should have taken a closer look before leaving the store but needless to say this is pretty disappointing. That said, I'm sure Nick had nothing to do with this - probably just someone who wasn't familiar with shell cordovans.

Thanks for the kind remarks.

Aside from that, I'm glad this issue came up.
We deal with several pair of cords everyday. Some customers have a preference of what we use to finish them, others don't. Some have a preference on how they want them to look, others don't.
For example, there are 4 basic customers in terms of how they want us to finish:
1. I'll leave it to you.
2. A mirror gloss.
3. A matted healthy look.
4. Don't touch the uppers, I like the patina.

There's no right or wrong in any of the above. It's strictly a matter of preference.
If someone doesn't specify, it's up to our judgment. We can't always be right in those cases.

Our policy regarding finishing shell cords is to use Saphir Cordovan cream designed specifically for shell. It comes in 4 colors. Black, brown, neutral and, cordovan.
Any shoes that have light colored accent stitching get neutral Saphir. We also use Venetian at times.

Bottom line, if you have a preference, let us know. It makes it easier for us and no surprises to you.

Gets me to think though....
How about a poll:

How do you like the finish on your shells? See above and add your choice.
If I could figure out how to post the poll, I'd do it. I'm lame in that direction though.
Curious to see the consensus.
post #32 of 63
Had flush plates installed on 4 pair of shoes, happy with the results.
Edited by gyasih - 5/19/12 at 5:27am
post #33 of 63
I've entrusted my shoes to Nick exclusively for the past two or three years. I'm happy with the work, and I can be particular, on everything from mid-level to one-of-a-kind. If there has ever been a question or an issue, it's addressed and considered. As he says, he's approachable, which is a rare thing.

As to shell cordovan, I prefer to shine them myself and voila, they come back with nothing on the surface! Can't count the times other repair facilities have smothered them with something, no matter that I asked them not to.

B. Nelson deserves their high reputation, in my experience.
post #34 of 63
Thanks for the response, Nick. I didn't realize the cream was specifically for shell. I usually just stick with the minimalist approach with shell.
post #35 of 63
Man, if anything this thread made me appreciate the service that Nick offers at B. Nelson.

Question: I have some semi-deep scratches (or should I say cuts) on my calfskin captoe Aldens - do you know if this is something that can be repaired? I stupidly kicked a doorstop and the sharp edges cut the surface of the new shoes when I had just purchased them, perhaps I will wait for a resole and do it all at once.
post #36 of 63
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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Man, if anything this thread made me appreciate the service that Nick offers at B. Nelson.
Question: I have some semi-deep scratches (or should I say cuts) on my calfskin captoe Aldens - do you know if this is something that can be repaired? I stupidly kicked a doorstop and the sharp edges cut the surface of the new shoes when I had just purchased them, perhaps I will wait for a resole and do it all at once.

Pictures?
post #37 of 63
As always, great work from Nick and B. Nelson on a re-sole of a pair of C&Js from Peal&Co. for Brooks Brothers:

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http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/07/b-nelson-another-fine-re-sole.html
post #38 of 63
B.nelson should have replaced the welt color

let us know how the edge trim treatment holds up in the coming months
post #39 of 63
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B.nelson should have replaced the welt color Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
let us know how the edge trim treatment holds up in the coming months

???
post #40 of 63
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Originally Posted by PhiloVance View Post

As always, great work from Nick and B. Nelson on a re-sole of a pair of C&Js from Peal&Co. for Brooks Brothers:
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great job. ...and look at those curves happy.gif
post #41 of 63
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Originally Posted by PhiloVance View Post

As always, great work from Nick and B. Nelson on a re-sole of a pair of C&Js from Peal&Co. for Brooks Brothers:
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http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/07/b-nelson-another-fine-re-sole.html

Great shoe. Why did you not go for closed channel soles?

Nick, how much is it to just replace the heels only?
post #42 of 63
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Originally Posted by Simplicio View Post

I've posted these before, but may as well go again.
OK, first example: brand new Alden boots, mode for Epaulet (the "Brixton Boot.") These came with a double leather sole, but I thought they needed the commando. They can't use the exact commando sole that Alden uses, so this is the one that Nick recommended. I very pleased with how they turned out. It makes the boots very wearable, especially with jeans, casual, etc.
I shipped the boots to New York and then picked them up in the store. It was easy.
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How heavy are these soles? Are the boots heavier or lighter compared the original sole (assuming it was a double leather sole)?

post #43 of 63
What's up with that white thread on all of those resole jobs?
post #44 of 63
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

Great shoe. Why did you not go for closed channel soles?
Nick, how much is it to just replace the heels only?

I think the heels might be around $40.

I like these shoes and tend to wear them quite a bit so didn't see much point in going overboard as the soles will be worn out again in no time.
post #45 of 63
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post

What's up with that white thread on all of those resole jobs?

This is the first pair I've had done without the closed channeled soles. So I'm not sure if white is the standard.
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