Well, AE makes a point advertising that their dress shoes do not have any shank steel or wood (except for some of their rubber soled shoes which do have steel shanks). It's my understanding, AEs were deisgned to do without this older form of technoloy basically used to maintain sole strength/spring. Steel shanks are common on work boots as well. Again, I haven't notice that affecting longetivity or liiting their ability to be recrafted. I don't see one bit of handstcihing on my Aldens. I'll bet AE uses the same amoung of handork for they same kind of shoes, e.g. moccasin style loafers, norwegian styled toes, etc.
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10/14/04 at 8:04pm