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B. Nelson Shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Nick V., Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hello Members,

    Last week, I noticed a spike in traffic from SF members to our website. So I decided to join.

    I look forward to sharing my knowledge of shoe repair and maintenance with the SF members.

    Nick
     
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    Hey there, it's good to have more people in the trades on this forum. We have a couple tailors too.
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Welcome Nick. I had also perused your website and am glad you joined. Looks like you do good work......guess will have to send you some shoes shortly!![​IMG]

    Regards, Azam.
    PS. Maybe add a Styleforum member discount....would be a good idea!
     
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    just kidding. Welcome to the forum! [​IMG]
     
  7. Leaveitothexperts

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    I went to B Nelson and had 2 of my heels replaced with JRs. Good work. The only complaint I have is that there are only 2 finishes available black and brown. I personally like the die in the heels to not be so excessive and to be kinda transluscent so that I can see the heel stacks beyond that "light" dye.

    Not to detract from the main point . . . Very good work. Next I will be there to replace my entire sole and heel on one of my boots. Will post before and after pics once I get around to it.
     
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    Welcome!

    So tell us, Nick, if you would, what you do about shoes on chisel-toe or elongated lasts. How wide a range of lasts do you have, and how do you deal with the more stylized lasts from British or Italian makers?
     
  9. distinctive

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    Excellent service- would you compare yourselves to say an Allen Edmonds or Alden "restoration" process?

    I'm sure your website has this info., but what is the turn-around time?
     
  10. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I went to B Nelson and had 2 of my heels replaced with JRs. Good work. The only complaint I have is that there are only 2 finishes available black and brown. I personally like the die in the heels to not be so excessive and to be kinda transluscent so that I can see the heel stacks beyond that "light" dye.

    Not to detract from the main point . . . Very good work. Next I will be there to replace my entire sole and heel on one of my boots. Will post before and after pics once I get around to it.


    Hi Leaveitothexperts

    FYI.....We also use a neutral edge stain. We finish the edges as close as possible to the original finish unless the customer requests otherwise. If you have a special request please feel free to ask.

    Next time you come in feel free to introduce yourself if you'd like.

    Nick
     
  11. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Welcome!

    So tell us, Nick, if you would, what you do about shoes on chisel-toe or elongated lasts. How wide a range of lasts do you have, and how do you deal with the more stylized lasts from British or Italian makers?


    Hi grimslade

    In most cases we can modify the lasts to accommodate the shape of the toe. If we can't (very rare) we'll let you know.

    Nick
     
  12. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I went to B Nelson and had 2 of my heels replaced with JRs. Good work. The only complaint I have is that there are only 2 finishes available black and brown. I personally like the die in the heels to not be so excessive and to be kinda transluscent so that I can see the heel stacks beyond that "light" dye.

    Not to detract from the main point . . . Very good work. Next I will be there to replace my entire sole and heel on one of my boots. Will post before and after pics once I get around to it.


    Hi Leaveitothexperts

    FYI......We typically match the edge stain as close as possible to the original. We also offer a natural finish (clear). In the future, if you have a special request please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate you.

    Next time you're in feel free to introduce yourself if you'd like.

    Nick
     
  13. Nick V.

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    Excellent service- would you compare yourselves to say an Allen Edmonds or Alden "restoration" process?

    I'm sure your website has this info., but what is the turn-around time?


    Hi distinctive

    I am a big supporter of the way A/E's and Alden's manufacture their shoes.
    When it comes to repairs however (from what I've seen) I am not impressed.
    They spend a lot of money marketing their service but frankly their workmanship isn't as good as their marketing. Then of course you must factor in the price and how long it takes to get your shoes back.

    Any quality repair shop will agree with me on this.

    Ture-around time for walk-in's one week, mail orders approx. 2 weeks.

    Nick
     
  14. distinctive

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    That's excellent sir...Alden gave me an estimate of 6 weeks on my shoes- I hope it was worth it. A couple more questions- Do you do sole staining as original manufacturer would? I don't care for the plastic-y look on replacement soles. Also, how would you "recondition" shell cordovan (that is-if you offer that service)? Thanks
     
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    This is great, I'm really glad that Nick has joined our ranks.
     
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    That's excellent sir...Alden gave me an estimate of 6 weeks on my shoes- I hope it was worth it. A couple more questions- Do you do sole staining as original manufacturer would? I don't care for the plastic-y look on replacement soles. Also, how would you "recondition" shell cordovan (that is-if you offer that service)? Thanks

    Nick and Tony went beyond the norm for me and redid the soles of a pair of FI Kenmoors. While it was impossible to recreate the original hobnails and position of the triangular cleat, they came pretty damn close. This meant hand-nailing some 90 or so nails around the curve of the heel.

    I didn't ask for sole staining at the time, so not sure if they offer it. In my quest to find the right stain -- it's a bitch to source -- I took the shoes to a local NJ guy who was so impressed by the new soles he asked for Nick's address so he could pop by next time he was in the city.

    If you're interested in stain it can be found at Kaufman's here.

    Or from me as I have a quart I'll never use.

    lefty
     
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    Are heels available in JR (Jon Rendenbach)? I thought it was just the soles. What distinguishes them from others?
     
  18. distinctive

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    Lefty, what brand do you use? I've got some Fiebings but it just isn't the right color and doesn't quite have the effect I was looking for. I'll try and find a picture of a re-stained sole I've done.
     
  19. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's excellent sir...Alden gave me an estimate of 6 weeks on my shoes- I hope it was worth it. A couple more questions- Do you do sole staining as original manufacturer would? I don't care for the plastic-y look on replacement soles. Also, how would you "recondition" shell cordovan (that is-if you offer that service)? Thanks

    distinctive......Your question about bottom stain requires an explanation: When I broke into the industry 30 years ago we used only U.S. soles. The tradition was that the soles were lightly sanded then, bottom stain applied. I thought the grain (from the tanners) looked beautiful and if we did a neat job applying the sole all we had to do was clean up the sole from smudges and present it in it's natural finish. It took us longer to work neater but less time to finish the product. Net net it evened out but, the final result was better.

    Fast forward 3 decades, soles tanned in the U.S. are no longer available (for several reasons). They are however, available from several sources around the world. Most of which I don't care for (again, for several reasons).

    We have been using a "Super Prime" sole imported from Italy for the past few years. It's actually better leather than any U.S. leather that was available in the past. The grain is tighter, there is no flesh no sponginess they are flexible and, hold the edge stain exceptionally well. We have done thousands of jobs using them with virtually no complaints. But....they do not have the natural leather finish. The Italian finish is applied so that the entire sole is uniform. No blemishes, streaks or, veins are visible. Overall, the sole we use today wears much better than the best U.S. soles we've used in the past. Cosmetically there is a difference.

    The other option is the JR sole imported from Germany. It costs more but wears great and the grain is visible.

    Reconditiong Shells is case-by-case.
     
  20. lefty

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    Lefty, what brand do you use? I've got some Fiebings but it just isn't the right color and doesn't quite have the effect I was looking for. I'll try and find a picture of a re-stained sole I've done.

    Fiebings, also. It was the only product I could find.

    It does come in a few colours and Kaufman's had the entire range, so give them a call.

    lefty
     

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