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    Shoe Repair/Resoling

    What is the thinking on shoe repair?

    I'm mainly thinking of a pair of strands that I haven't worn in 6 months because they've got a hole in the sole, and probably should have been repaired a while before the hole developed.

    I've gone the B. Nelson route before, but its certainly not cheap ($130 for the standard package) and it takes a while because I need to ship from MN to NY. AE is $125 for their standard recrafting. And I just don't know where to find someone here to do it locally.

    I fully expect to wear these shoes for another decade so I don't want to unnecessarily skimp.

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    I haven't had my AEs long enough to need a resole, but I don't see the harm in letting them rehab their own shoe.

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    I will likely use AE for my AEs and need to figure out my Carmina's. I don't want to send them to Spain but thinking B. Nelson will be the way to go.

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    I have done a pair of AE through their program. Well worth the price if you intend to keep them

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    I have had multiple pairs of AE shoes resoled by AE. Well worth the price.
    Measurement Reference: 5'11" 173lbs 40R 32x32

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    I've had two pairs of AE shoes resoled by the a local cobbler. Did a great job. If it wasn't so expensive for me to ship shoes back to AE, I'd probably have them do it.

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    my closest local guys sucks. costs more than AE.

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    Make sure you do your homework before using a local "cobbler". Years ago, I took a pair of 270 degree Goodyear welted boots into a local guy here, because the nailed heel began to separate from the upper. I didn't know anything about welts at the time and dropped them off for repair. The idiot used some type of rubber goop to reattach it, didnt nail anything. The goop lasted about a month, began to come apart, and ruined the boots so they couldnt be properly repaired. Lesson learned.

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    I'm not sure I understand why you don't use AE. I don't think you're going to do much better on pricing even with someone local. Maybe $20-$30 less? And you're taking a chance that the local cobbler will do a bad job and not stand behind his work. Plus, AE has everything needed to repair them to original standards.

    And it's a lot closer to you than New York.
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    I used AE to resole my chromexcel long branch boots and they worked on the uppers too. The leather had been getting pretty dry because I didn't condition it often enough and they did a good job bringing it back. They looked great.

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