I love Alden, but it really seems like they need to. They no longer let you change the soles in their recrafting, and it seems like the waits are getting longer and longer. I'd love for them to even slightly raise the prices (SLIGHTLY) if they could bring back the old style of recrafting, fulfill the orders quicker, and do some MTO stuff. I know Crockett and Jones does it, I'm not sure how their volume compares, but I'd absolutely love to see it.
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I really don't see screws staying in there at all. I'd imagine even with glue, screws would probably just make a mess of the crepe, if the nails aren't taking. Really, I'd wear out the current sole, and replace, at least, the heel with dainite or whatever rubber heel you prefer, if you're getting a ton of heel wear. You could even see if they could make the heel look like that on the leather soled Barrie last shoes, where you've got partial leather, then it'd match the leather tip of your shoes.
I have numerous Aldens - mostly shell, some calf - mostly shoes, some boots. I am partial to leather soled Aldens - double or single, standard or oiled. I have never understood the appeal of the crepe sole. Indeed, any model that comes out with a crepe sole is immediately dismissed by me. Certainly others see the issue as I do, but many do not. I get that many claim it is very comfortable, and that it is necessarily casual/informal, but what else, if anything, about it is appealing to those of you who buy it? No sarcasm is intended here.