With the help of Reddit, I finally identified this pair of shoes I got at a thrift store for $4 in poor condition years ago:
Alden for Brooks Brothers Plain Toe Cordovan Bluchers
I'm wondering if anyone here can help me figure out how old they might be?
I plan to get them fixed up, but I have some questions you guys might be able to help me with. Alden is sending me a mailer to send to their factory to be restored, which costs $160. They say they'll send them back if they're beyond repair. What I really need is a new sole and heel, and hopefully the heel counters fixed. I think they're beyond cosmetic repair with some deep scratches in the cordovan, and I really like the patina and worn away dye anyway. My question is: would a local cobbler be able to handle the resole/heel without messing them up? How about the heel counter? Or would it be worth it to have Alden do the work. I'm in Southern Michigan and I make it to Chicago frequently so if anyone knows of a cobbler that would be up to the task around here, I'd appreciate it.