B.Nelson does a great job

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Quadcammer, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Very nice. Picked up my shoes yesterday, but haven't had a chance to snap a pic yet. Didn't get a whole new sole like you though.
     


  2. jk2317

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    Hey folks,

    I just picked up two resoled pairs from B Nelson with the JR soles. Last winter was my first "real" winter (moved to NYC after a life in Texas and California). I learned a lesson about winter snow and salt on my shoes -- at least nothing *terribly* expensive got damaged. But now I'm very happy with the resoled shoes.

    The first pair are Alden cap toe brogues on the modified last, in a medium tan/brown. These are only about 15 months old (see: lesson about salt. Don't let this happen to you!!). The new JR soles look great and sturdy. Only one minor quibble -- the edge dressing is a bit sloppy. You can see it on the bottom of the soles (that will wear off quickly) and some around the edge of the upper. Nothing too noticeable or unsightly in the real world.

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    Here you can see some of the edge dressing made its way onto the upper. It's where the upper curves under, so in general, this won't be visible. After a few more conditioning and polish cycles, I don't think this will be an issue.

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    The second is a pair of black Ferragamo loafers. These turned out really well. Before, the thin Italian soles allowed the toes of the shoes to curve upward too much. The heavier JR sole keeps the silhouette of the shoe looking just right. Small niggle here: some marks/indents in the middle of the sole. I presume these are from some sort of tool. After these soles are broken in, that will be a non-issue. On these, I asked for channel stitching, and I think the guys did a good job of that.

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    Here you can see the channel stitching detail

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    Silhouette looking correct.

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  3. jk2317

    jk2317 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know enough about the technical details to answer the question -- but I can say that the heels look weird on the Ferragamos because of my photography. In reality the leather looks to be the very same texture and color as the main sole. You can see this pretty well in the close up of the Alden heels.
     


  4. gnatty8

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    Have a pair of Indies I use for motorcycle riding in for a resole with a commando sole. Nick was great, sent me several emails with questions to make sure he knew what I wanted. WIll post pics when I get them back..
     


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    Honestly, I don't see the issue. The uppers look fine. The interior looks a little more worn than I think of my shoes having after that period of time, but that depends on a lot of factors, none of which are snow and salt. They don't look like they're just out of the box, but after 15 months of honest wear (not 15 months of once a month in the rotation with babying on carpet only), that's not to be expected.
     


  6. jk2317

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    There is kind of a dark line along the very bottom of the uppers, where they meet the sole. That's what I'm talking about -- nothing that bothers me.

    And yes, those Aldens have had the crap beat out of them. They're my go-to pair, especially when I'm going on a very long walk. I've put many dozens of miles on those shoes, on the streets and sidewalks of Manhattan. They do NOT get babied (except at cleaning and polishing time). That's why so much wear on the inside. In fact, I'm very excited to put them on in a few minutes for the first time in 2 months. I really missed them!

    I would also point out that having these two shoes resoled was surprisingly expensive. Sure, only $130-ish per pair to B Nelson, but I had to buy two new pairs of EG's while these were in the shop. [​IMG]
     


  7. cptjeff

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    I was talking about your supposed wear and tear from water and salt. I really don't see it in them- the shoes look pretty good. I did see the edge dressing, but I would agree that that's not a big deal.
     


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    not directed at you: didn't we have an exaggerating thread about some EG's on this? it was disgusting, imo.
     


  9. Winston S.

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    Here's a picture of my C&J Drummonds after they were Topy'ed and a metal tap was put into the toe area.

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  10. jk2317

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    Ah I understand now. No, the uppers are perfectly fine from that perspective -- I would always wipe them down and keep them well conditioned and polished in winter.

    What you don't see (thanks those those new JR's) is that three of the four soles above had HOLES in them. They wore through very quickly, and I presume it is because of the abuse I (ignorantly) put them through.
     


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    Looks great Winston....how much did the topy/tap job run at B. Nelson?
     


  12. Winston S.

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    $75 after all is said and done.
     


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    any special reason, you went for topy instead of leather?
     


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    If I am understanding his post correctly, I believe he applied the topy to protect the leather, as they were new shoes and not a re-sole job.
     


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