Before and after photographs of my shoes, courtesy of the recrafting people at Allen Edmonds.
An email from the folks at Allen Edmonds was waiting in my inbox this morning. Although I had been told to expect delays given the installation of a new system at the company's Port Washington, Wisconsin facilities, lo and behold, it seems the shoes I sent them just before mid-June are now finished and on their way back to me via FedEx. How is that for service?
Besides the usual and routine moisturizing, polishing, and brushing down to keep your leather dress shoes looking their best, occasionally shoes need things like resoling, new heels, and a little general tender loving care. While some consider Allen Edmonds footwear somewhat frumpy and "entry level" when it comes to leather dress shoes, I disagree. In my experience, the styles, prices, quality, and service are first rate. Including this latest pair, I have sent half a dozen pairs to the recrafting department for complete rehabilitation in the last five years. To say that I have been extremely pleased is a terrific understatement.
If you have a pair of Allen Edmonds dress shoes that looks a bit long in the tooth, you could do worse than send them in for a similar overhaul. Have a look at the Allen Edmonds recrafting page where you'll find several reasonably priced packages depending on your needs. You can't go wrong.
The shoes arrived via FedEx late this afternoon, only a little more than two weeks after I sent them to AE, and they are even more nicely done in person than the photograph indicates. Toss in the cedar shoe trees, shoe bags, and a squeeze bottle of polish in 'Merlot' and it all makes for a good day. No reason to wear them until teaching and department commitments begin again in late August, but they're ready and waiting in the extra closet in the second-floor TV room that I use for wardrobe overflow.