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    Resoling Boots with Different Soles

    Hey All,

    Long time lurker, first time poster here. I just brought a pair of AE Long Branch Boots on eBay. The soles *look* fine ans I intend to get as much use out of them as possible. My question is once I decide to send them back to AE for re-crafting, can I specify a different sole to be put on? They have the Vibram Commando soles now but the Long Branch uppers are dressy enough that I would consider having them re-soled with a typical AE leather sole.

    Thoughts on this? Possible/not possible?

    Thanks!

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    Definitely possible

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    I know the options for sole from AE can vary a bit depending on the shoe, but I think it's a good bet that you'll have some choices when you decide to do the recrafting.

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    If AE won't do it, an independent cobbler can.

    If you want a sleeker sole, there is always the option of a Vibram/Dainite sole with a lower profile than the heavy duty lugs that, IIRC, come standard on the Long Branch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    If you want a sleeker sole, there is always the option of a Vibram/Dainite sole with a lower profile than the heavy duty lugs that, IIRC, come standard on the Long Branch.
    That's exactly the type I was thinking when I posed this question. Dainite seems to provide grip while maintaining a low profile.

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    I've definitely read that the Long Branch can not take a vibram commando sole, but that was a while ago. Maybe they can do it now? I'm not sure. If you email AE, I'm sure they can tell you.

    Keep in mind that there is a difference between the vibram gumlite lugged sole that comes with the Long Branch and a traditional hard rubber commando sole. Gumlite is very soft and comfortable and it does wear pretty well. I've had my pair of Long Branch boots for a couple years now. I wear them several times per week and they are just now getting to point where I'm thinking about resoling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedrake View Post
    If you email AE, I'm sure they can tell you.
    Definitely contact AE. I'd recommend giving them a call as in my experience they can be pretty slow responding via email. I asked them the same question a while back about mine as I was curious and I'm fairly sure they said that for an additional charge they can resole the shoe with any of their current sole offerings (leather, dainite, vibram etc.). I ended up selling mine instead as I realized I wore my other boots far more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedrake View Post
    I've definitely read that the Long Branch can not take a vibram commando sole, but that was a while ago. Maybe they can do it now? I'm not sure. If you email AE, I'm sure they can tell you.

    Keep in mind that there is a difference between the vibram gumlite lugged sole that comes with the Long Branch and a traditional hard rubber commando sole. Gumlite is very soft and comfortable and it does wear pretty well. I've had my pair of Long Branch boots for a couple years now. I wear them several times per week and they are just now getting to point where I'm thinking about resoling.
    Thanks for pointing out the difference between Commando and Gumlite. I looked and you are correct.

    I will definitely contact them when I get the boots and decide whether to resole right away or wait (likely will wait).

    Do you think the Long Branch could pass as a dress boot with a different sole?

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    @JamWithSam They work with a sport coat, but I would say they're too casual for a suit. I usually wear mine with a sweater, button down shirt, and jeans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedrake View Post
    @JamWithSam They work with a sport coat, but I would say they're too casual for a suit. I usually wear mine with a sweater, button down shirt, and jeans.
    Couldn't agree more. Adding a leather sole to them would help a little but IMO not enough to push them into the same realm as say, the First Avenue boot.

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