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post #18721 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post
 

 

 

Guys, the outsole on my 5 year old Solovair boots has cracked a little :( I thought these would last like some 10-15 years, as they look and feel great and are Made In England.

Is there a way to fix that?


Pics uploaded. It's not a problem wearing them in dry, but do you find this cracking normal? I mean, jeez, it's only a five year old boot and I am wearing those only in the autumn/winter and spring and of course I have other pairs of boots that I'm wearing too. To say so - I am not impressed with the Solovair quality very much.

 

P.S. Also, the Sole-Of-Air is nothing like the Doc Martens - it's thick and does not have any air in it :D

post #18722 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post


Pics uploaded. It's not a problem wearing them in dry, but do you find this cracking normal? I mean, jeez, it's only a five year old boot and I am wearing those only in the autumn/winter and spring and of course I have other pairs of boots that I'm wearing too. To say so - I am not impressed with the Solovair quality very much.

I'm assuming this is a serious post and not just trolling, but you are surprised the soles have cracked where you've worn them flat after 5 years? You stated "I thought these would last like some 10-15 years," and they might, but the soles on any shoes will wear out and have to be replaced. You can't buy an Audi and say, "I thought this was an expensive car, I can't believe I have to replace the tires after only 50,000 miles, I wanted this car to last 200,000 miles." I don't know much about Solovair so I don't know if those boots are welted or not, but take them to a reputable cobbler and see if they can replace the sole.
post #18723 of 19043

Not trolling, just curious when I see someone posting their 20+ year old Doc Martens with alright outsoles. These tend to be the same as them, so I was just curious whether it's normal or not. The boots are Goodyear welted, yeah and they are still ok, I have no complaints about them :)

post #18724 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post

Not trolling, just curious when I see someone posting their 20+ year old Doc Martens with alright outsoles. These tend to be the same as them, so I was just curious whether it's normal or not. The boots are Goodyear welted, yeah and they are still ok, I have no complaints about them smile.gif

If they are GY welted, just take them to a reputable cobbler and have them resoled. If you are in the UK you might want to look into factory resoling if that's an option too.
post #18725 of 19043

Not in the UK, though I would gladly send them. however, I highly doubt a cobbler here can do it :)

I thought there's some secret DIY way.

post #18726 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post
 

Not in the UK, though I would gladly send them. however, I highly doubt a cobbler here can do it :)

I thought there's some secret DIY way.

 

I'd be surprised if your cobbler couldn't do it.  LOTS of other factors can contribute - how you walk, what you're walking on, how much you're walking, etc.

 

That wear spot makes me think your walking gait has as much to do with that as anything, and five years of regular seasonal wear isn't doing too bad.  You might ask for the Vibram Commando sole from your cobbler. 

post #18727 of 19043

Actually I found out that Timpson in the UK repair DEoc Martens boots - resoling and re-stitching. I have to ask how much that costs, but if I guess I'll just end up buying a new pair :)

post #18728 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post

Actually I found out that Timpson in the UK repair DEoc Martens boots - resoling and re-stitching. I have to ask how much that costs, but if I guess I'll just end up buying a new pair smile.gif

Lots of places can resole shoes. If you're in the US, B. Nelson is one of the best shoe repair shops around and I've used them before. If you have questions, @Nick V. is a frequent contributor here on SF, and can answer questions about the services he provides.

http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/default.asp
post #18729 of 19043
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post

Actually I found out that Timpson in the UK repair DEoc Martens boots - resoling and re-stitching. I have to ask how much that costs, but if I guess I'll just end up buying a new pair smile.gif
Unless you don't like them for some reason, that would be a shame...
post #18730 of 19043

They are my first pair of classic english boots, so I love em :) I'll see what price will give me Timpson and I'll see. The uppers of the boots is fine, I guess they deserve to live more.

I found that here in Bulgaria it is possoble to resole them with a Commando sole, but I want the original one.

post #18731 of 19043
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Originally Posted by preload View Post

Say for C&J handgrade or JL cap toe oxfords.
So cream polish as often as needed (every few wears) and Renovateur every few polishes? Worn 1-2 times a week.
Appreciate the expertise here.
Being a cream polish, it's gentler and also has some conditioning properties (though the jury is out in this) compared to wax. I like my shoes to look clean but really, how often one polishes is down to personal preference.

Renovateur is a cleaner as well as conditioner and contains small amount of thinner or such. Long term use will lighten the patina hence it is advisable to use sparingly and not with every polish.

My $0.02 worth.
post #18732 of 19043

How to condition your shoes. Slowly boil two litres of olive oil. Once boiling, add I pint of thick bleach. Stir well with the horn of a unicorn.  Leave shoes soaking in this healthy mix, overnight. Leave shoes for six months to dry out. Add salt, to taste. 

 

You will be the centre of the shoe-care world, once you wear your shoes again. It has to be said that this is not a fail-safe method and should be used only by those who know about shoe care. With every good wish, Munky. 

post #18733 of 19043
Be careful---one of the many prone to over-thinking this is bound to take you at your word, Munky.

You haven't started selling unicorn body parts have you?
post #18734 of 19043

I picked up a pair of shell loafers off of ebay and they have a pretty bad cut in the vamp:

 

 

Any advice for how to treat this?  My thought was to take them to a cobbler and see if they can glue it.  I realize it probably won't look perfect, but my main concern is preventing further damage since I know shell tears easily.

post #18735 of 19043
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Be careful---one of the many prone to over-thinking this is bound to take you at your word, Munky.

You haven't started selling unicorn body parts have you?

 

Hi DW. Yes, I had sort of anticipated that my posting might be taken literally. That's why I included the unicorn.  Mind you, I have a small selection of unicorn horns, priced at $120 a piece. They are proving to be a bestseller, so it's a case of first come, first served.  Terms and conditions apply. 

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