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Resoling my Edward Greens

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Some of you may remember that I posted about a pair of suede Dovers that I got on ebay for $50. They were a bit tight, but I had them stretched and they now fit pretty well. A half size up would be better, but these work fine, especially for the price.

A problem has arisen with the soles of these shoes. I was at a party the other night, standing on a damp lawn, and the left heel came completely off in the grass. I was able to reattach it, but it's still a bit loose. I'm also noticing that the thinnest layer of outersole is peeling away from the rest of the sole. Not sure if that is normal or not, but I'd like to get these resoled regardless.

What are my options? Is there any reason to fear the local shoe repair joint with a pair of Greens? Are there specialty repair places I should know about? Wasn't there a member here (meaculpa?) that did some shoe repair work? I appreciate any help.
post #2 of 9
Most makers recommend that you send the shoes back to them. That being said, there are capable cobblers stateside who can do quality work. Meaculpa's place seems to be one, across the border. Perry Ercolino is another.
post #3 of 9
Sky Valet can resole them as well
post #4 of 9
I doubt your average shoe repair place will do channelled soles. Based on frequent recommendations from SF members, I had a place in NYC resole a pair of my mid-quality shoes with mediocre results. Because of that, I will not risk my EGs with any place other than the factory unless I see that someone here has had an excellent resoling job done elsewhere at enough of a discount to warrant the risk.

dan
post #5 of 9
Does anyone know the cost of having Edward Greens resoled at the factory?
post #6 of 9
Including shipping it will run ~150 pounds.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Baron
A problem has arisen with the soles of these shoes. I was at a party the other night, standing on a damp lawn, and the left heel came completely off in the grass.
Did the entire heel (about 1" thick) come away or was it just the "top lift", the bottom layer of leather, usually containing a rubber corner. Either way, any cobbler should be able to fix that.
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I'm also noticing that the thinnest layer of outersole is peeling away from the rest of the sole. Not sure if that is normal or not, but I'd like to get these resoled regardless.
I don't think your shoes need re-soling as yet. Edward Green uses a "channelled sole", here a flap is cut, folded back, the stitching placed underneath and the flap is folded back. If the flap around the edges comes away, just glue it back. Eventually the flap will wear away and the stitching becomes exposed. Even that is no cause for alarm. The shoes will need re-soling if the leather in the centre is paper-thin or a hole has developed.

Don't forget: If EG re-soles your shoes, they will be pulled over the original last, that will reverse any stretching that has been done in the meantime, either by manipulation or wear.
post #8 of 9
Whoa, didn't even see this thread.

Like whopee said, we do that kind of work. I should mention that I'm not the one that works on the shoes, though. I'm just managing my dad's company since he's one of those empassioned artisans that can't be bothered with trivial business matters.

I should really get to reposting that Magli photoessay. Damn exam season!
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
It was the whole 1" heel that came away. The soles are actually in pretty good shape aside from that. I had some communication with Dmitri, and I'm sure I'll send the shoes there for resoling when the time comes. From what Bengal said, I think I can get away with just having the heel repaired for now. And as much as I like the idea of having EG do the resoling at the factory, I had these shoes stretched by a cobbler to fit me as is, so I don't think it's a good idea to get them unstretched at the factory.
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