Yes, I tend to agree with this view.
Nice to hear DM were willing to bring them back for you.
Sorry if I was a bit critical before - long week. I should have thanked you for informing everyone of the cost of the factory resole and providing detailed pictures of the work performed.
By highly-pigmented polish I meant a colour restoring cream like Saphir as it seemed to me that they were a few shades lighter than the current dark brown Audley's. As you already use this perhaps C&J use a different shade now. They look well maintained to me.
The Goodyear Welt and cork issue is a major one. I know even the best cobbler's in Sydney won't replace the cork. I think if it was very badly damaged they might be able to carve a piece of leather in its place, but it's doubtful. In this situation, I may have tried the factory resole.
I've seen some cobblers replacing the cork filling with a synthetic foam like alternative. I imagine the only downside is it wouldn't hold shape like cork would, but also wouldn't rot like cork would. Both have their advantages I guess.
Just watched the movie that was referenced earlier today - The Best Offer. This was one of the best movies I've seen all year! It has everything - plot, original track, great actors, and wardrobe. Left me still thinking about it way afterwards. Highly highly recommended.
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I'm keen - PM or post at your leisure, please!
Which one, GN? There are four: -