positive b. nelson experiences

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BrooklynWeGoHard, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the kind remarks.

    Aside from that, I'm glad this issue came up.
    We deal with several pair of cords everyday. Some customers have a preference of what we use to finish them, others don't. Some have a preference on how they want them to look, others don't.
    For example, there are 4 basic customers in terms of how they want us to finish:
    1. I'll leave it to you.
    2. A mirror gloss.
    3. A matted healthy look.
    4. Don't touch the uppers, I like the patina.

    There's no right or wrong in any of the above. It's strictly a matter of preference.
    If someone doesn't specify, it's up to our judgment. We can't always be right in those cases.

    Our policy regarding finishing shell cords is to use Saphir Cordovan cream designed specifically for shell. It comes in 4 colors. Black, brown, neutral and, cordovan.
    Any shoes that have light colored accent stitching get neutral Saphir. We also use Venetian at times.

    Bottom line, if you have a preference, let us know. It makes it easier for us and no surprises to you.

    Gets me to think though....
    How about a poll:

    How do you like the finish on your shells? See above and add your choice.
    If I could figure out how to post the poll, I'd do it. I'm lame in that direction though.
    Curious to see the consensus.
     


  2. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Had flush plates installed on 4 pair of shoes, happy with the results.
     
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  3. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    I've entrusted my shoes to Nick exclusively for the past two or three years. I'm happy with the work, and I can be particular, on everything from mid-level to one-of-a-kind. If there has ever been a question or an issue, it's addressed and considered. As he says, he's approachable, which is a rare thing.

    As to shell cordovan, I prefer to shine them myself and voila, they come back with nothing on the surface! Can't count the times other repair facilities have smothered them with something, no matter that I asked them not to.

    B. Nelson deserves their high reputation, in my experience.
     


  4. anonymouz

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    Thanks for the response, Nick. I didn't realize the cream was specifically for shell. I usually just stick with the minimalist approach with shell.
     


  5. david3558

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    Man, if anything this thread made me appreciate the service that Nick offers at B. Nelson.

    Question: I have some semi-deep scratches (or should I say cuts) on my calfskin captoe Aldens - do you know if this is something that can be repaired? I stupidly kicked a doorstop and the sharp edges cut the surface of the new shoes when I had just purchased them, perhaps I will wait for a resole and do it all at once.
     


  6. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Pictures?
     


  7. PhiloVance

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    B.nelson should have replaced the welt color

    let us know how the edge trim treatment holds up in the coming months
     
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    ???
     


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    How heavy are these soles? Are the boots heavier or lighter compared the original sole (assuming it was a double leather sole)?
     
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    What's up with that white thread on all of those resole jobs?
     


  14. PhiloVance

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    I think the heels might be around $40.

    I like these shoes and tend to wear them quite a bit so didn't see much point in going overboard as the soles will be worn out again in no time.
     


  15. PhiloVance

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    This is the first pair I've had done without the closed channeled soles. So I'm not sure if white is the standard.
     


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