Edited by mcarthur - 7/20/12 at 10:41am
I am a BIG fan of these. They have worn very well on some very sloppy NY days! I have also worn them sockless with shorts on a few sunny days.
I was actually thinking about doing the same exact thing with that model. Not having the guts to do it myself, I did contact the guys at B Nelson about whether it was possible and if they would do so. Needless to say, they do for about $70. Please let me know how it turns out -- if you do it.
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I just got the natural CXL plain toe on Modified from the Shoe Mart today. First thought was, "Geez, it really is narrow," but then I put them on and it was like butter. Really loving the CXL. While I think the Trubalance last fits me a little better than Modified, I think I look better in the Modified's slimmer look due to my small legs.
I think I'm going to go with keeping this pair and returning the J.Crew. Like you guys said, that pair would be more versatile, but I saw a pair of single monks on Alden Shop of SF's site for sale and a few Sid Mashburn double monks on eBay that I have my eye on that would fill that work appropriate category...the shoe addiction sets in quick.
I'll throw up some photos of the natty chromexcel in a bit; I'm still enjoying wearing them and I just got home so it's time to pour out a pint
Not a bad way to spend a Friday. Cheers.
Why don't you check out B Nelson in NYC? They are a primo recrafter that has a lot of cred on SF. Their turnaround time is much faster than Alden. I haven't used them myself yet but when I need to I will definitely use them rather than trusting any local cobbler.