I have a curious cobbler question and am not quite sure how to articulate it. I took a pair of Edward Green Malverns to the most competent local cobbler I've found, and asked them to replace the thin rubber protector they placed on the heel with a thicker one because the rubber wears out rather quickly and I'm afraid the wear will reach the leather soon. In a stroke of inexplicable idiocy, they sanded away the heel to even it out, they claim, and left just one layer of leather. With the new rubber protector, I had a heel of about half an inch. Take note that this pair of Malverns still had the original rubber portion of the last leather layer of the heel, so I have no idea what moron decided to sand away practically the entire heel. I cried bloody murder and they said they'd fix it by redoing the entire heel, and showed me a thick leather strip for soles which they proudly said was made in the USA (to which I stated that the original heel was made from some of the best leather in the UK). Does this premature reheeling somehow affect the quality of the shoe? Or did I get a free albeit premature repair and should be happy because no harm was really done? Is there some difference caused by sole leather quality (I don't know if this sounds absurd but humor me)?