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  • Whiteknight
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    Well they're over $100 now and not worth the gamble to me. Here's the link if anyone else is interested: http://bit.ly/xx150Z (10.5D)

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  • Whiteknight
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    Yeah... I was afraid of that. I'm willing to pay $200 total for a decent pair of used Alden 405s, but like you said, no guarantee.

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  • TomasR
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    @Whiteknight I'd pass if you're paying about $60 for them. Recrafting is going to cost you well over $100(AE charges $125 on their shoes) so keep that in mind. Basically, you're looking at around $200 final cost with no guarantee of a desirable outcome.

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  • Whiteknight
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    They're not mine... yet. Thinking about picking them up for ~$60. Just trying to figure out if this is a gamble that's sure to lose.

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  • TomasR
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    Dude, did you ditch those babies in a rock salt desert for a few years?


    I believe Alden does recrafting, but given the extent of damage you're dealing with you might be better off finding the absolute best shoe repair shop in your area. That way you can actually talk to the cobbler and get a realistic assessment rather than sending them off to Alden and hoping for the best.

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  • Acousticfoodie
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    Alden should be able to do a fairly good job on them unless some of the discoloration is due to salt damage. Here's a pair of restored shoes that looks fairly similar to yours:







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  • Whiteknight
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    Shoe Restoration - What is reasonable to expect?



    How much can I expect from a full shoe restoration? Can these Alden boots be made to look reasonable?







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