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Crafty Cumbrian

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Question which I've been meaning to ask for a long time and possibly has been asked before. Do you take your photos yourself (if so, how) or do you have someone with you to take them?
Just myself mate. I was asked on Reddit who my photographer was!😂
It’s the same bloke that wears them alas!
I just wear what I fancy on any given day and any shots are either where I am working or walking.
 

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I got a pair of Enzo Bonafe col4 shell boots back from Bedos Leatherworks after he remedied a developing tear on one of the shafts.

Now I need to wear them and see how they hold.
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About 12 to 15 months ago I started to notice a dark line in that area. At first, you couldn't feel it to the touch and the actual surface was not broken or split yet.
I took the boots to a cobbler in Brooklyn, NY and then to Minas in Downtown for a 2nd opinion.
They both concurred that the line might have started its development on the other side of the shell, but the boots were lined, so, they would have to take that boot apart to check it out.

Lorenzo at Solegarb, who sold me the boots, dismissed my concerns, and after several back and forth emails it was clear that I was on my own and had to take care of it independently. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

I would say I am not a shell cordovan expert, however, I have a decent knowledge of it and I have personally handled several dozen of pairs of my own over the years.

I can state that this pair of color4 is the thinnest shell I have ever seen, by a long shot. It is thin to the touch and eyes, and very malleable, almost comparable to suede. Perhaps that was a contributing factor to the tear, but i cannot be certain. Below some picts.

Here are 2 EB pairs, col6(left) vs col4 on same last, about the same amount of wears:

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Bedos provided the picts below.

Him taking the shell apart from the liners, from the top of the shaft. He then glued the red material behind the tear:
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Sanding the outside:
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Finished job:
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Now, I need to wear them while keeping that area very well conditioned. I really like these boots and I hope it does not deteriorate too quickly.

Time will tell.
 
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Crafty Cumbrian

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TL;DR
I got a pair of Enzo Bonafe col4 shell boots back from Bedos Leatherworks after he remedied a developing tear on one of the shafts.

Now I need to wear them and see how they hold.
View attachment 1707439
View attachment 1707440


About a 12 to 15 months ago I started to notice a dark line in that area. At first, you couldn't feel it to the touch and the actual surface was not broken.
I took the boots to a cobbler in Brooklyn, NY and then to Minas in Downtown for a 2nd opinion.
They both concurred that the line might have started its development on the other side of the shell, but the boots were lined, so, they would have to take that boot apart to check it out.

Lorenzo at Solegarb, who sold me the boots, dismissed my concerns, and after several back and forth emails it was clear that I was on my own and had to take care of it independently. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

I would say I am not a shell cordovan expert, however, I have a decent knowledge of it and I have personally handled several dozen of pairs of my own over the years.

I can state that this pair of color4 is the thinnest shell I have ever seen, by a long shot. It is thin to the touch and eyes, and very malleable, almost comparable to suede. Perhaps that was a contributing factor to the tear, but i cannot be certain. Below some picts.

Here are 2 EB pairs, col6(right) vs col4 on same last, about the same amount of wears:

View attachment 1707490

Bedos provided the picts below.

Him taking the shell apart from the liners, from the top of the shaft. He then glued the red material behind the tear:
View attachment 1707491

Sanding the outside:
View attachment 1707515

Finished job:
View attachment 1707548

Now, I need to wear them while keeping that area very well conditioned. I really like these boots and I hope it does not deteriorate too quickly.

Time will tell.
Solid repair and luckily the area of least visibility..
🤞🏼
 

stephenaf2003

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TL;DR
I got a pair of Enzo Bonafe col4 shell boots back from Bedos Leatherworks after he remedied a developing tear on one of the shafts.

Now I need to wear them and see how they hold.
View attachment 1707439
View attachment 1707440


About a 12 to 15 months ago I started to notice a dark line in that area. At first, you couldn't feel it to the touch and the actual surface was not broken.
I took the boots to a cobbler in Brooklyn, NY and then to Minas in Downtown for a 2nd opinion.
They both concurred that the line might have started its development on the other side of the shell, but the boots were lined, so, they would have to take that boot apart to check it out.

Lorenzo at Solegarb, who sold me the boots, dismissed my concerns, and after several back and forth emails it was clear that I was on my own and had to take care of it independently. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

I would say I am not a shell cordovan expert, however, I have a decent knowledge of it and I have personally handled several dozen of pairs of my own over the years.

I can state that this pair of color4 is the thinnest shell I have ever seen, by a long shot. It is thin to the touch and eyes, and very malleable, almost comparable to suede. Perhaps that was a contributing factor to the tear, but i cannot be certain. Below some picts.

Here are 2 EB pairs, col6(right) vs col4 on same last, about the same amount of wears:

View attachment 1707490

Bedos provided the picts below.

Him taking the shell apart from the liners, from the top of the shaft. He then glued the red material behind the tear:
View attachment 1707491

Sanding the outside:
View attachment 1707515

Finished job:
View attachment 1707548

Now, I need to wear them while keeping that area very well conditioned. I really like these boots and I hope it does not deteriorate too quickly.

Time will tell.
Glad you caught it before it turned into a serious problem. Bedo’s is the man when it comes to shoe care.
 

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Solid repair and luckily the area of least visibility..
🤞🏼
I went back and forth with Steve by email and over the phone and this fix was his path forward.


Glad you caught it before it turned into a serious problem. Bedo’s is the man when it comes to shoe care.
Indeed, Bedos is one of the best in the game for a very strong reason.
I now have to put some wear on the boots and see how the patch holds.
 

jischwar

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TL;DR
I got a pair of Enzo Bonafe col4 shell boots back from Bedos Leatherworks after he remedied a developing tear on one of the shafts.

Now I need to wear them and see how they hold.
View attachment 1707439
View attachment 1707440


About 12 to 15 months ago I started to notice a dark line in that area. At first, you couldn't feel it to the touch and the actual surface was not broken or split yet.
I took the boots to a cobbler in Brooklyn, NY and then to Minas in Downtown for a 2nd opinion.
They both concurred that the line might have started its development on the other side of the shell, but the boots were lined, so, they would have to take that boot apart to check it out.

Lorenzo at Solegarb, who sold me the boots, dismissed my concerns, and after several back and forth emails it was clear that I was on my own and had to take care of it independently. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

I would say I am not a shell cordovan expert, however, I have a decent knowledge of it and I have personally handled several dozen of pairs of my own over the years.

I can state that this pair of color4 is the thinnest shell I have ever seen, by a long shot. It is thin to the touch and eyes, and very malleable, almost comparable to suede. Perhaps that was a contributing factor to the tear, but i cannot be certain. Below some picts.

Here are 2 EB pairs, col6(right) vs col4 on same last, about the same amount of wears:

View attachment 1707490

Bedos provided the picts below.

Him taking the shell apart from the liners, from the top of the shaft. He then glued the red material behind the tear:
View attachment 1707491

Sanding the outside:
View attachment 1707515

Finished job:
View attachment 1707548

Now, I need to wear them while keeping that area very well conditioned. I really like these boots and I hope it does not deteriorate too quickly.

Time will tell.
Glad you got them back from repair and I'm hoping the repair holds up as well
 

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