Subject: Are my AE soles ruined?
TLDR: Crackpot cobler in Germany glued half-soles onto my AEs instead of a full re-sole. Is this something AE can eventually fix?
Back story: I have been living in Germany about a year now and needed to have my McCallisters re-soled. Found a cobbler who I thought would do me good on the resole, I even talked to him about whether the cork needed replacing. He deceptively looked at inside of the shoe (presumably to see whether it was a blake stictch), further instilling my confidence in him, and we verbally agreed on new soles and heels. Price was 46€ which, in restrospect, was on the cheap side. I have sent other pairs to a cobbler where I am from in California and paid $80 for the re-sole, but this was Germany so certain things would be cheaper, right? One week later, I pick up the shoes and am devastated. The clown had cut the old soles halfway down the shoe, and made a really nice bevel on the welt. I am pretty sure he ruined the shoe.