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post #31 of 47
$70 is steep for Topy soles. I get them done for HKD90 a pair. Topy heels are HKD80 a pair. All up HKD170 which is just over US$20!
post #32 of 47
Thread Starter 
...and $20 is steep for Southeast Asia, but I'm in the East Coast now.
post #33 of 47
HK is different from the rest of Southeast Asia. Rents here are comparable to New York city. That is why I can't understand the huge disparity.
post #34 of 47
For me, the biggest problem is wet and cold conditions. I wore leather soles in wet and cold conditions once, walked only for 10 mins, and my feet wear frozen and wet. It wasn't even raining at the time, just finished. Since then I have a cobbler put something on the soles (Vibram).
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by NYLaw
My guy doesn't sand down the leather, so there is a slight, very slight lip under the shoe where the rubber begins. But he DOES sand down the edge of the rubber, so it's a gradual lip... Also, I notice that on a one-piece sole, the rubber ends under the part of the shoe that doesn't touch the ground (because of the heel) so there is no sensation while standing or walking.

On the only two-piece soled shoe that I have (the Gucci guccissima loafer) the rubber covers the entire front piece (that's underneath the ball of the foot)...

What cobbler do you use?
post #36 of 47
[quote=josepidal]Almost as much as buying a new pair.

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I'm not sure this is correct. I think you're basically right if you're having EG or Alden or whoever perform their recrafting/rejuvenation service. While I haven't had it done in some time, my understanding that simply having a shoe resoled by a competent local cobbler should be considerably less expensive.
post #37 of 47
I recall reading something on AA a few years ago that indicated putting rubber on the sole of a leather shoe will unduly stress the uppers, causing the stitching to break earlier. Several members confirmed this. I have not used rubber on my leather shoes because of this.
post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by NewYorkBuck
I recall reading something on AA a few years ago that indicated putting rubber on the sole of a leather shoe will unduly stress the uppers, causing the stitching to break earlier. Several members confirmed this. I have not used rubber on my leather shoes because of this.

My cobbler has been using it for over 20 years and he has nothing but praise for it. I've had it on a few of my shoes for over 10 years and I've seen no deleterious effect.
post #39 of 47
I don't like covering leather soles...you lose the authoritative clacking sound the shoes make when you walk
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Jovan
Isn't this basically gluing rubber onto leather? Seems kind of... classless. I'd rather the shoe have a rubber tap to begin with. Tell me if I'm missing something here, I'm ignorant in all matters footwear if not for SF.


These guys need more than 1 or 2 pair of dress shoes. I'm 58 years old and I have never had any shoes resoled. Are you rotating your shoes?
post #41 of 47
Thread Starter 
Kolecho, there's a ready source of cheap labor in your area that's not quite in Manhattan.

So how much would sole and heel protectors cost? Around $50?
post #42 of 47
Why don't you call up some cobblers to ask? Seems the most straightforward to me.
post #43 of 47
Thread Starter 
True. I'm trying to get a baseline to compare against.
post #44 of 47
I paid 700 DKK (around 93 Euro) for resoling and repairing my Church's shoes at the Church's factory included shipping fra Denmark to England and vice versa.

The repaired and resoled shoes were like new ones and I can't think of money more well spend
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by mr monty
These guys need more than 1 or 2 pair of dress shoes. I'm 58 years old and I have never had any shoes resoled. Are you rotating your shoes?
I have maybe ten pairs of dress shoes (including ankle boots), and if I rotated them systematically it might take me some time to wear out the leather soles. Now, there are always a few shoes that are your favourite ones (at least for me; I have a shoe fitting problem, some shoes actually hurt my feet, some -very few ones, thhough- fit wonderfully), and I would have their soles worn out rapidly if it wasn't for the rubber sole protectors. The first thing I do when I get new shoes is to get the rubber or plastic protectors one the soles. During the life of a pair of shoes, I actually often have to renew the sole protectors a few times. It is cheap (I guess around USD 20 or 30 here in Madrid), I do not think that it makes the shoes more uncomfortable or unelegant (as long as you do not wear the shoes with the sole side up; OK, when you sit down with one leg over the other, the rubber protector might end up showing, that's right, I'll have to be careful with that when in fine company), it gives you a better grip when you walk or dance (yes, on a decent dance floor you can pivote well also with plastic sole protectors on) and it definitely makes your shoes last longer. I stop wearing the shoes when the leather starts to look bad, and normally, at that time, the soles are still OK thanks to these sole protectors.
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