This is the problem I am having.. there are so many new posts each day now, that I miss when MoneyWellSpent answers a question before I've read his post! Excellent info, especially on the nails. I actually was wondering why some shoes have nails showing outside the heel and some don't.
And WTH has happened to this thread? I see 60+ new posts a day, and I assume there's a new controversy! But no, it's just people discussing shoes again.
Most shoes have nails showing because the top lift is nailed on as a final step in the heel building process. AE's heel base is nailed on, but I believe the top lift (the final piece that contacts the ground) is cemented on.