For Edward Green to re-craft the shoe will cost a US-based customer about $300 including shipping. The results are excellent; much more than a re-soling. It sounds like a large expense, and it is, but I would not hesitate to take that option with my more treasured shoes. For less expensive shoes like Crockett & Jones shoes, where the cost of re-crafting by the factory is close to a new pair, once the soles get worn down, I'll buy new ones. It usually is a once in a few/several year occurence anyway, given a reasonably sized shoe rotation and proper care. If I wanted to preserve my soles and stay dry in nasty weather I'd prefer rubber soles over Topys. To be honest I don't think rubber protectors are really that bad, and only a real abuser of shoes or disjointed shoe nut will see a significant difference between the two, both in terms of wear and looks. I don't like them, and all the better for me to have heard that they aren't best for shoes.