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post #16 of 26
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I'm very happy with recent major shoe repair from Nick Valenti's shop in NYC.
Several months ago I noticed some fuzzy white material between the upper and the sole on one of my Vass Norwegers in shell cordovan on the New Peter last. These are about five years old and well tended. Puzzled, I vigorously brushed the white material away, only to have it return several times over the course of many days. This happened with both shoes symmetrically, near the instep. It finally dawned on me that something might be seriously wrong; closer examination showed the absence of stitches that mate the upper with the sole. (I don't know the proper terminology for these details.) Knowing the Vass reputation for quality (I have three pairs), I never dreamed that these shoes could fail this way. Dismayed, I set them aside. They had been my favorites.
I finally decided to do something about this. A search on Styleforum suggested that B. Nelson would be the best choice. Nick was surprised that the shoes had failed this way. Not surprisingly, the entire shoe would have to be disassembled, a new welt constructed, and new soles added. I was actually relieved that they could be repaired, albeit at a somewhat higher price than the web page quotes for recrafting, but not seriously so. It seemed a good price to pay to have them back in good form. I also asked for flush metal toe taps and Redenbach soles and heels. He said they would be ready in a week.
They were ready on time, and I'm quite pleased. The first three photos below are "before" repair. The rest were taken after I wore them home, so you will see that the sole is no longer virgin.
Thank you, Nick.
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how was this fixed? :o  it looks like it requires a new hand welting job :o

post #17 of 26
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Chogall: It required a new welt. I don't know whether or not it was done by "hand." Perhaps there was some machine intervention. Regardless, it was well done.
post #18 of 26
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Ceoceo: Perhaps you meant, "How does one obtain SF member special pricing?" I live in Manhattan. I took my ailing shoes to the best in NYC. Nick spontaneously offered a discount. I was grateful; I accepted.
post #19 of 26
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Chogall: It required a new welt. I don't know whether or not it was done by "hand." Perhaps there was some machine intervention. Regardless, it was well done.

 

Yes they do look great.

 

But being Vass and all those hand-made jazz, I am just curious about how it was repaired, i.e., new gemming or hand welt again, and what was the cause, i.e., bad thread or bad insole?

post #20 of 26
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Chogall: I can't give you the details. Ask Nick. He's the professional.
post #21 of 26
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Yes they do look great.

But being Vass and all those hand-made jazz, I am just curious about how it was repaired, i.e., new gemming or hand welt again, and what was the cause, i.e., bad thread or bad insole?

Yes the new welt was hand stitched.
post #22 of 26
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Yes the new welt was hand stitched.

 

amazing.  that's pretty much handcrafting a new pair of shoes starting from welting w/o the original last :o

 

damage was on the thread not the insole, correct?

post #23 of 26
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amazing.  that's pretty much handcrafting a new pair of shoes starting from welting w/o the original last redface.gif

Not really, as the "feather" (/holdfast) would have already been cut.

I don't think it would be possible to replace the welt with a machine.
post #24 of 26
I probably will give them a phone call tomorrow but do you think B. Nelson's will repair the broken threads that hold the quarter and the throat line together?
post #25 of 26
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Definitely give them a call. You will find them helpful, but it may be difficult for them to evaluate a repair unless they have the shoe in hand. Good luck.
post #26 of 26
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Definitely give them a call. You will find them helpful, but it may be difficult for them to evaluate a repair unless they have the shoe in hand. Good luck.

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