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Allen Edmond Recrafting

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by MK, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. I wore a hole in the sole of my oldest Allen Edmond shoes. This pair is the best fitting pair of shoes I own. I have read about A&Es recrating service over at Ask Andy. Guys seem to be happy with the work. They resole and reheel the shoes. The cost is about $100, but they cover shipping both ways. Since the shoes retail for close to $300 and that they are my best fitting pair, I gave it a shot.

    The shoes returned almost look like a new pair. I am very happy with the work. You can get A&Es on e-bay for around $150 if you keep an eye out, so I wouldn't spring for every every pair that wears out, but for the ones that suit me very well I will probably go this route again.

    I will try and post a photo soon.
  2. Alden recraft

    My Alden recrafted shoes should be arriving any day now. Shoes cost $35 on the bay, and fit great. Will post photos when they arrive.
  3. reetpleat

    reetpleat Call Me a Cab

    When I sell good AEs on ebay, they fetch about fifty bucks if they are in almost new condition. I would go for used if I could find them. But if you have a well loved pair, then a hundred isn't bad. I have seen their work and it is quite excellent.

    I am wondering though, do they redo the whole sole, as in, will the bottom be smooth and fresh, or will it remain shaped to the wearers foot? Not good if you are buying used.
  4. The $100 option MK refers to removes the sole and cork from the shoe then stretches the upper over a last and cleans it up (very nicely, I might add). They add new cork and soles/heels after. The insole is left as-is (as far as I can tell) and the whole thing is sent back in surprisingly good condition.

    I like the service.
  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    I don't get that. All the recrafting services that I've used (Alden, Mephisto, Edward Green and J.M. Weston) have replaced the insole. How much more can it cost?
  6. lab1dobie

    lab1dobie New in Town

    I also just had the premium refurbishment on some AE's just 2 weeks ago and they did a fantastic job. I bought the shoes at a consignment shop owned by a friend of ours for $8.00. They had a hole in the sole of one of the shoes. I spent the $120.00 for the refurbishment and that included shoe trees and flannel shoe bags. Like you said, they replaced the heel, sole and cork inner sole and refinished the shoe and received it within 2 weeks of sending them off. Great deal for consignment shoes!:D
  7. buler

    buler My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Allen Edmonds Recrafting - Sale

    Just go to their main website www.allenedmonds.com for $10 off their standard recrafting package and $20 off prestige package. Sale is on thru March 29th.

    I'm a big fan of their shoes and have had several recrafted. Well worth the money.

  8. Allen Edmonds

    They do make a nice shoe,I can vouch for that,I have a 4 year old pair of the Clifton model,on the second set of soles!I also have their Dover suede loafers that I have never worn,bought from Sierra Trading Post for 125.00,they are made in Italy.Not all of AE shoes are US made.
  9. Thanks for posting this...I have a pair that I was going to send in. Now is time!
  10. No discounts for foreigners they tell me...[huh] [huh] :rage:
  11. lab1dobie

    lab1dobie New in Town

    They do a great job of refurbishing the shoes and have it back to you within a week and a half.:)
  12. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    AE quotes 3-4 weeks. [huh]
  13. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

  14. I had a negative experience with a recent recrafting. On the initial attempt, AE didn't read my enclosed instructions and didn't replace the soles as I had instructed. On the second attempt, they got it right at no additional charge, but there were a couple of new nicks in the leather and someone was a little careless with the glue pot. The whole process took several weeks and more than a bit of frustration on my part.

    Overall, given the quality of the workmanship, I'm not sure that I'd go to the expense again. [huh]
  15. In that circumstance they usually replace the shoes Johnnysan. You should contact them. Particularly if there is damage to the shoe.
  16. Thanks, Cookie...I should have pursued this with them at the time, but failed to do so. I've worn the shoes a few times since and would feel like a chump asking them to make the situation right at so late a date.

    You can't really see the damage unless you're looking at the shoes up close...it's just that I know it's there. I do appreciate the response and given your info, I may give them a shot to live up to their standards again in the future.
  17. davestlouis

    davestlouis Practically Family

    I was too lazy to box-up and ship my AE McCallisters, so I went to a local place called Cobblestone Shoe Repair. They charge $85 for their version of the recrafting process, or $150 with fancy-schmancy German leather soles...I dropped them today, can pick up next Tuesday...we'll see how they do vs. AE's recrafting process.

    Joh. Rendenbach soles are the expensive German ones they offer at a huge premium...
  18. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    The major reason to go with AE over a like quality cobbler is that AE will recraft the shoe using the original components, the original process, done over the original last. I see value there....you may not...[huh]
  19. davestlouis

    davestlouis Practically Family

    I've owned AE shoes for over 25 years, I like them, they hold up well for me, but I'm not a purist. I have to say, I bought this particular pair for $6.99 at Value Village several months ago, and figured I'd give the local guy a shot. This particular guy has been mentioned on AAAC as a good vendor, and happens to be 2 miles from my office.

    It's a combination of disinterest, laziness (not wanting to ship) and avoiding too much downtime...this guy needs 6 days, not weeks.

    I have to admit that when I watched AE's video, it amused me that boxing the shoes for shipping counts as one of their 38 steps...

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