Hello, AE thread! Lurked here for months, registered recently and just now posting. I don't know about everyone else but I've really enjoyed seeing before/after AE recrafting results. I recently sent in some well worn black Park Avenues I bought off eBay and just got them back today. This is the first pair I've sent in for recrafting and I was really blown away from the results. The soles are obviously great but the uppers feel much closer to new than I expected. I'm not sure if it's strictly the stripping and refinishing they do or the act of stretching them a bit to attach the new welt and soles (or maybe a combination of both) but they really surprised me.
I took a few "before" photos and a few more this afternoon of the results. Sadly, the photos are pretty poor because I am in no way a professional photographer and taking pictures of the black leather was very difficult to get lit well. I'm going to end up showing the pictures with the flash here because they show more of the original imperfections and how much they've been improved upon. The downside to the flash is that it does make the leather look a lot shinier than it is in real life. It's actually the typical matte finish which I greatly prefer.
Also, I shipped these out on 2/11 and received them 3/10 if anybody ever sees this post and wonders about the turn-around time.
In case the poor quality photos don't prove it, I'm in no-way affiliated with AE. Just a fan thanks in large part to StyleForum and this happens to be my first post.