Resorted ravello tassels. Almost a perfect job...
Presentation - green shoe box plus a pair of shoe trees
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Shoe bags were included, the tassels were tied up:
Note the "Alden Restoration" inside
I slipped the shoes on... the corkbed is replaced and shoe fits like new, with the exception that the cordovan uppers are softer as they have already been broken in
The coloring was basically unaltered, as requested. I was worried these would come black color 8 or black or something. However, the one flaw is that there is a splotch of black or dark brown polish under the tassel on the right shoe.
The black splotch is annoying, but some of the polish is sitting up on the shoe, which makes me believe I can remove a lot of it with a damp cloth plus brushing. Sending it back wouldn't be worth it as I want to wear these for the next few months (though Alden should have an individual examining each shoe for this stuff)
Overall I think this is a good job by Alden... the soles on these babies were really worn - replacing the sole and the corkbed makes the shoe feel like new. The overall coloring is that true dark ravello I like. I appreciate the new shoe box, bags and trees. The blotch is unfortunate but I've seen worse, so it is what it is.
Thanks for sharing. I had been looking forward to seeing those. Unfortunate about the blotch indeed. Is there a texture to the blotch? Or is it smooth with the surface of the shoe?