As a quick follow-up to my post from yesterday - I spoke with Aram at Ah One and he said that swapping out the metal shank for a wood replacement is a common request and a modification he is happy to perform during a standard resole. I'm looking forward to gradually making my Alden collection road warrior approved.
That is very interesting. I think the rule is that steel is great but may not be necessary for a heel that is 1-inch or less in height. Has anyone on the forum done this? I travel for work sometimes and while it's not a horrible issue, I would prefer to leave my shoes on through the TSA pre check line!!