After about 17 months of wear, I took my Weymouths into Rekaris today to ask his opinion on the condition of the sole. He said I can still Topy them now, for $35. Which means that the sole still has a bit of life left in it (enough to put a Topy on). A half re-sole is $45, and a full re-sole is $120-ish (can't quite remember the exact detail).
Of course, the devil is in the details. He's not sure if the guy in charge of re-stitching (who used to work for RM Williams) can do a channeled-sole shoe.
Nor is he confident that he can hide the stitching from above, so the sole will be a fraction wider (it will look like a standard Loake or Church sole).
And of course, he can't get water-resistant oak-bark leather in this country anymore (because the guy who used to make it has gone out of business).
Other options : http://www.goodyearwelted.co.uk - charge 90 pounds for a full resole. I haven't yet dug into the details regarding this operation.
American Tailors will take care of the entire process for me for between $250-$280 which is on par with what C&J New York charge for a full return-to-factory process. Other posts on the forum say the London stores charge about 100 pounds, not including postage.
As I'm not exactly flush with cash at the moment (and I'm hoping to buy a new pair of Chukkas sometime this year) I might just Topy them now, and get them resoled in a few more years.
I've also read (on other threads in this forum) that C&J can only resole your show a finite number of times. They won't offer the service for a shoe that has already had two resoles.
Any other thoughts on the matter are appreciated
My understanding on the limited resoles is that each time the sole is machine stitched to the welt, a new set of holes is created. Too many sets and your welt doesn't have the integrity to hold the sole any better than a cemented sole. I'd suspect at this point the rib which the welt attaches too is probably stuffed, so stitching a new welt on wouldn't be an option (if there's even a decent repair place in Australia that can do that.). One option is to find a very good local cobbler and have them hand stitch a new sole on, using the same holes, although this is probably both hard to find, and expensive.
In regards to American Tailors vs C&J London, if you like 100 pounds plus shipping both ways, you'd be mighty close to the price that AT is charging. ($80-100 Airmail to the UK, shipping back shouldn't be too bad.)
I wouldn't be too concerned about getting a channelled sole put on them. While it's nice, it's not something that would both me, although YMMV.
About the only other option I can think of is B Nelson in the US. The forum seems to love his work and I'd suspect it'd be cheaper going to the US than the UK.
In regards to topying, it's clearly the easiest and most cost effective option. You extend the life of the shoe without putting more wear on the welt, and you also gain some inclement weather advantage, as well as grip. That said, you lose the leather sole.