Thanks for the reply cbbuff! I'm a recent college grad so money is a little tight right now. I contemplated purchasing AE's from "allaboutshoes," but at the moment $250 is a little too rich for my blood. I can't tell what a really worn vs lightly worn sole looks like, but I'm glad you're saying it looks to be very light. I think I will be able to pick these up at around $80. On average, how long do the soles of AE's last before requiring repairs assuming moderate to frequent wear?