A Post on Restoration:
I wore this pair of tobacco reverse chamois indy shoes from J gilbert nearly every day for a year. After a while they got old, some of stitching started breaking apart. I added some brooks saddle dressing to make it water proof. then the first hole appeared in the left sole, then the right. they got bigger. I dressed and redressed the edge to keep it looking decent. I even stopped abusing them after 8 months and used shoe trees and a shoe horn. then one day i walked into moulded. the guys looked at them and suggested it was time to send them in...and it was.
145 usd and 4 months later they have shown up, with an alden greenbox, cloth protectors, and shoe trees. They replaced the heals, soles (with more water resistant ones i think), added a new pad my foot, replaced the cork, and tried to repair any loose stitching. good effort all around... my "ugly brown" shoes are back.
Wow - I assumed those were pictures of them brand-new, so I scrolled down for the broken-down, worn-in pictures. Impressive!