I've been pretty fortunate purchasing several pair of lightly used pairs of AEs. Cliftons, Park Aves and Stockbridges all perfectly serviceable with a lot of life left in them. Just got a pair of Walnut Strands, however, that the original owner must have been allergic to shoe trees. Any way to fix a terrible up curl of the sole other than a resole? I've contacted the seller hoping to receive a partial refund (had shoe trees in them in the auction which hid the damage) but haven't heard back yet. (not that I expect to as I just sent him a message a few minutes ago) The price I paid plus standard recrafting ($125) would put them around the price of seconds - and for that price i'd rather HAVE the seconds. I also don't want to get them resoled elsewhere and ruin the ability to recraft later. If I can get a 50% refund and signifigantly reduce the toe curl, they'd be OK to keep around.
Any thoughts or suggestions? I thought I hit the jackpot as I usually don't see a lot of shoes in my narrow size!
Are there any visible problems other than just the curl? Like extreme creasing or anything? Because I would think that once you put the shoes on, you really shouldn't see the problem. If you look at some ads online, some new shoes/boots are sold with incredible curl (say some expensive John Varvatos boots). Unless there's a visible problem, the toe curl wouldn't really bother me but I may be missing something.