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Resoling your shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by retronotmetro, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. heavyd

    heavyd Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    As someone who has used AE recrafting numerous (5+) times over the years (pre-SF), as well as having had many pairs of shoes worked on by local cobblers... I find a good local cobbler much much better.

    Recently, I had the POLO (C&J) Chukka's resoled at Tom's in Chicago for $80, and he did a beautiful job. He knew the boots were super duper and said so when he took them in... I think they are better than new as he gave me a double leather sole.

    This is of course in keeping with the fact that you are buying off Bluefly and not paying the $850 retail price for the shoes.
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2003
    Heart of America
    ^heavyd, could you post pics of the resoled chukkas?

    I've considered sending a pair of C&J Polos off to B. Nelson for resoling.
  3. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2004
    San Francisco
    When you send shoes to EG for re-conditioning you get more than a new sole. They repair the uppers and finish them to look like new. It's more than the service available from the local cobbler and proportionate to the cost of the shoes when new.

    As Hardy Amies wrote years ago, "to fail to care for good shoes is profligacy."
  4. Teacher

    Teacher Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    Grand Forks, ND, USA

    Perhaps the European shoemakers set their repair prices not based on their reasonable costs but based on the fact that there isn't a single repair shop in the US capable of resoling high end shoes?

    There certainly are. My local cobbler -- here in Grand Forks, North Dakota -- does a resoling job that is every single bit as good as ANY resoling I've ever seen, including the most durable leather I've ever encountered and hidden chanels. This is all for US$55 (that is with an all-rubber heel, though...a stacked leather one would be more).

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