Originally Posted by cmd06
It made no sense not to protect the screwed soles given that no one knows how to resole them other than RMW's factory.
Originally Posted by richardwallace
I'm still waiting to get my boots back, but the factory resole looked really messy. The stitching wasn't neat and the screws were all over the place. Some of the screws weren't even completely in the sole. The shape of the boots had changed too, they were all out of shape and not as nice as they were. I expected that a factory resole would look as good as new and be done with lots of care, but it just looked like a really rushed job.
I spoke to the head repair guy at the factory about the screws and he said the machines they use are really old and hard to use. I said that I had never seen a brand new pair with such messy screws and he didn't really have an explanation. It sounded like they only care about making boots functional, they don't care too much about how they end up looking.
(screw position wouldn't be a big deal if this was the only problem, but is a symptom of a job that was rushed or done carelessly)
I would not recommend a factory resole. Instead get them topyed/vibrammed.
Thank you for your replies.
I'm in Oz at the moment, so a resole costs about 120AUD. I'm not sure how long I'm going to be here before heading off again, so I'm trying to get my fill of RM's before the day.
I've heard about the potential problems with the brass screw device. Apparently yes they only have one left, and when it (occasionally) breaks down it can take a lot of fumbling to get the thing going again - I think it's the case where no one is still amongst the living that really knows how it works, so there are times where they build up a large backorder when they fiddle with the thing to get it in working order again.
Despite all this, I'm still enamored with the idea of them: A vivid memory imprinted in my mind is of a very young me chasing after my father up a long, winding staircase - white marble, deep red carpet, and the glinting when the brass on the soles of my father's boots occasionally caught the light.
I've got some comfort craftsman, yearling in chestnut which I've worn, very heavily, for the better part of three years or so. Overdue for a resole.
I'll be getting a pair of Tanbark comfort kangaroo craftsmans within the week (stock willing), and am really considering an order for some craftsman (or perhaps even the buckle boot) in Dark Tan. I'll see how I like the tanbark roo's first before deciding on the leather.
Don't see much of the Dark Tan round here. Like I said, I already have some craftsmans in chestnut and also a pair of Baxter's Henry Baxters for variety in a similar dark brown. I think a lighter brown is in order.
Despite the issue of resoling with the brass screws, I don't think I could bring myself to put a protector on them. I'll enjoy them whilst they last. When the machine finally gives up the ghost and all memory of its intricate workings passes from living memory, then I'll at least have enjoyed them while it lasted.