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Any maker who charges over £100 for a re-sole is taking the piss, to be honest.
Not if you are wearing a tweed suit.
Thanks for the suggestions. There's so much ambiguity in product descriptions. See attached example: http://www.dunkelman.com/viewproduct.php?productid=63 For all leather products, but on the jar smooth leather! Stuck if your boots are grain. I might go for the Montana, but part of me thinks dubbin will do, stuff it! Over to you Dunkleman! Clarify.
Tricky one - don't want to over soften the leather which web browsing tells me can be a problem with Neatsfoot Oil and Mink Oil. I've contacted Dunkleman for advice - they should know. The makers, surprisingly, stick to the polish or cream line. No specific advice for working leathers.
Traditional wax shoe polish doesn't do the job - within an hour it has pretty much come off (I'm talking Northampton made 'country' boot here, mud, rain, wind, etc). So I'm after something more like an oil, rather than wax. Dubbin is a possibility, but that is recommended for smooth leathers (see Dunkleman) only, and my boots are made in an oiled zug grain leather. Searching, other possibilities seem to be Mink Oil, Fiebings, Neatsfoot oil, Alaskan Bear Grease (I kid...
Handbags at dawn, gentlemen.
Ultimately, the shoe or boot is a practical thing and at the level of 'country' footwear you cross the line into solid, practical territory. It's one thing to sustain damage to a pair of business shoes in town and quite another to be out walking halway up a mountain in the middle of nowhere. Take a look at the William Lennon website. This is the furthest extreme: boots made for farmers and tug or war enthusiasts! Boots that take some "real hammer" as it says on the...
Quote: Originally Posted by CashmereLover I was waiting for a reply like this. I have done it before with great success. Don't mind a decrease in breathability - I'm convinced that snow, rain and slush absorbed by leather soles would make my feet more wet than the extra sweat that may stay due to the rubber. My cobbler successfully re-soles C&J shoes and he is the best in my little town of half a million citizens, so no worries that he...
Not advisable for two reasons. Firstly, a stick-on rubber sole adds an extra layer to the leather sole which can affect the mechanical properties of the shoes and cause damage. The shoe is also less breathable. Secondly, if you get them repaired by 'Bob the builder' at the key cutters and engravers round the corner, you can't ensure that the work done is of good quality. If they balls it up, your shoes could be ruined. Only a madman would take his EG's to Timpson's.
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