I just got a pair back from recrafting, and have another pair in now. I spoke with three different people in the recrafting department, and all of them said they will not put a JR sole on a non-shell shoe, upcharge or not.
They actually charged me the $10 sole conversion fee to have a brown welt and sole edge put on my bourbon Strands, rather than the standard black.
I get the feeling that they're really trying to streamline their recrafting operation.
more like they want the sole to wear down so you come back for another recrafting... if they put JR soles... you'll never come back!
joking, somewhat lol