Originally Posted by entrero
I recently went on a pilgrimage to one of the most exclusive shoe shop in my area and gathered some insightful information about their resole service. They do half resoling with Rendenbach "mahogany" finished soles. For full resole service, the shoes are send to their original maker because it can be only done on the original last. Half resole is more cost-effective, but by doing that I also get denied by the original manufacturer for full resole. Shocker note: full refurbishment by EG @$315
Dear DWFII any advice?
If you are like most of the people here and wear your shoes infrequently and (wry humour alert!) only on paths strewn with rose petals you can probably get an adequate...even excellent...resole job locally. Almost any competent shoe repairman can replace the sole, refill the forepart and shine your shoes. I would ask to see examples of the cobbler's work, however, and compare it to the original...and your expectations. If you wear one pair daily, most of the week, and wear them hard, if you put off getting them repaired until the hole in the bottom is mirrored by the hole in your socks, you probably ought to have them "recrafted." Once upon a time half soles were a reasonable solution, and they still are provided the repairman has the skill and knowledge to not inadvertently incorporate a metatarsal bar into the repair job. This can happen when not enough care is taken splicing the half sole to the waist of the old sole. I can't count the number of times I've seen that telltale thickening just behind the treadline...sometimes the splice will be half again thicker than the original sole in that one area. Beyond that, Rendenbach soles are good leather, if a little brittle. They are tanned with acorn caps and are left in the tanning pits for the better part of a year. Hope that helps... Yr. Hmb. Svt.,