Here are a pair of shell MacNeils after a recraft. I specifically requested that they not refinish the uppers, as it has some nice patin...er, character:
These are some Alden LHS's that I thrifted for $4. I have worn them like crazy. Currently I can't wear them as the heel cover leather is flapping. I'll likely send them off to Alden for a recraft soon:
Briiiian. get out of here unless you post some shoes...man.
Alan, just to clarify, I wasn't talking only about patination. We're talking scuffs, scrapes, nicks etc. that come with normal wear & tear. Shoes that look even better with those beauty marks. Patination is a definite plus!