Originally Posted by Shawnc
My question to the group is on the Alden recrafting. I brought these with the intention of having them recrafted but they look better than I expected. The only real issue is the dark crease on the left shoe and I hate to pay $160 just for that, especially since I'm not clear on if their service would include redying (their response to my question was vague on this point).
My specific question is whether Alden will redye or resinish the shell. My second question is whether anyone has had this type of experience with B. Nelson or another cobbler?
Alden will not listen to special requests anymore and will want to "restore" them so they look new so you will almost certainly get them back dyed. Which means they will be significantly darker than how you sent them, a very bad thing for beautiful light whiskey shell like yours. I think there is a post somewhere with pics regarding an Alden whiskey recraft job that darkened them - I'll try and find it.
On the other hand, B. Nelson will do precisely what you want. If you want them shined with wax, without wax, patina left on there as it came in, they will do it. Nick posts here on SF occasionally and is very accessible by phone if you have specific questions or concerns. His shop in NYC sees valuable cordovan shoes on a daily basis so they clearly know what they are doing and will follow your instructions. But you won't get an Alden stamped sole or sock liner from him in case that bothers your OCD.
I would buff the hell of them and wear them into the ground and then send them to Nick when it comes time for a new sole. If you're in a big city then you might try to find a shine shop that specializes in cordovans and get their feedback - the folks at A. Shine & Co or B. Nelson are a couple of possibilities. Good luck!