- May 11, 2018
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Pictures?So, Ol' Duke Santos is a little upset. My pair of Whitney PTB have developed a heel problem. I bought these on close out for 127 clams in Summer 2019, and they stayed pretty much unworn until earlier this year. I've given them a bit of wear but nothing excessive. Now, the heel block on one shoe is already going South. The rubber part is clearly coming unglued, and today I noticed that the bottom layer of the leather stack is also starting to give a bit.
Should I just have them fully resoled with a rubber city sole? Have a local cobbler glue the loose heel parts back? Would that make them ineligible for AE recrafting down the road? I also thought about using them as a test pair to check out Trenton & Heath's work.
Since that sole has been discontinued, I wonder what the official AE replacement would be.
Short answer is that any part of the heel stack is an easy fix for a cobbler, just make sure they they don’t attempt to tack the heel through the insole from the inside (as is common on other shoes), as that is a no-no with AE’s design (which only affixes the heel-base through the outsole from the bottom up). If they aren’t familiar with AE’s construction, and they do what I described, that will invalidate them for recraft. You most certainly don’t need to resole or recraft, and probably don’t need a new heel stack.
I wouldn’t get too discouraged, AE’s unitized 360 welt construction is very durable, but the heel stack has always been the one weakness in their design (going back to day one). However my cobbler can sort that situation out in 30 minutes during a lunchtime visit.