i recently bought the iron / scarlet / white shoes.
i wanted to maintain the "iron" colour, so i maintained the outer mesh as playing surfaces.
there was no canvas layer on these shoes.
for the inside / outside, i cut away the inner mesh, then carefully scraped the cotton / glue layer with a boxcutter ( very carefully ). this layer doesn't peel very well, i needed to take my time to not puncture the outer mesh.
modding the toe box from the inside was a nightmare, but worth it. it was impossible to see where i was cutting, so i would feel with my fingers where i wanted to cut, & then shifted the boxcutter to where my fingers were & made tiny incisions & slowly etched away that cotton / glue layer. mind your fingers! and be careful not to push through the toe mesh.
i also shaved away part of the insole on the "inside" side that obstructs clipper crank.
the first shoe took me about 3 hours. the second shoe went more quickly.
greg raymond, kingston
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