Well i always thought the side elastic was black and the piping was black, it was just faded really bad and the center was a darker grey then the rest with a white soul. There sun bleached and very weathered though.
I have a pair of Doc Martins - black - that look almost perfect...
same elastic part on the sides - right shape - nice and comfy to wear...
I started painting the soles white last night and was hoping to find the right piping and colors to finish the boots over the weekend.
(all except the toe spikes - I havent started those yet)
Thanks for the link Ripcode and for all the info everyone!
The collective expertise on these boards is really a life saver when one hits a wall!
I used JB Weld under the toe and heel and then carpet glue on the rest of the sole. Works just fine. The only thing to remember is when you cut the original sole away from your base boot, you must leave a thin layer on the boot (ie don't take it backto the leather).