In 2012 they recrafted a pair of mine that had a W. However, they called me before commencing work on the shoes to tell me they cannot guarantee their work. They wanted to make sure I still wanted to do it. I said yes. They did a wonderful job. Indeed, nothing could be detected as a defect - either before or after the recraft.
Thanks for the info. cosmicmes, can you speak more about your experience with shoes having a W and AE not recrafting them? What does the W stand for? I have seconds as well as eBay purchases, and none of my seconds have the W on them. Do you know what it means?