Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy
For shell cordovan full recrafts, I have used 3 cobblers:
Alden - 159, JR resole, bags, trees, 8 - 10 weeks; officially they say 6-10 weeks and, as posted here earlier, some have had them back in 6 weeks
AE - 150, JR resole, bags, trees, 3 - 4 weeks
BNelson - 150, JR resole, bags, trees, 2 - 4 weeks
I have used each of them various times, and have also had AEs and Aldens restored at BNelson (as well as other brands). They have all done a nice job.
Personally, I don't really care about the turnaround time.
I am to the point where I use Alden for Alden, AE for AE, and BNelson for others (e.g., vintage Florshiem or Hanover).
In my experience, the one great thing about using Alden for Alden and AE for AE is that the shoes are returned as if they are a brand new pair. It makes the money spent and the wait time totally worth it.
Alden only does recrafts with the same materials as the original (no changing leather sole for commando, for example). So this might mean a guy has to go elsewhere. AE allows a person to switch things up. BNelson, of course, has a variety of options.