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Any SFers who repair shoes/boots in US?

otacon

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Any recommendations/users who want to speak up?

I bought a pair of boots four or five months ago and they're showing some damage. While I'd go to a cobbler for a heel or sole replacement, those aren't the things that are bothering me--there's a small gouge or two and they are wrinkled something bad.

They were pretty wrinkled when I bought them (I should have just made the salesman order me a new pair) but wearing them has, of course, made them worse. I've read that there is a method of literally ironing them, but I am not exactly wiling to experiment on these particular shoes and would rather leave that to a professional. So far, I haven't had much luck, being told that there was nothing that could be done for them. I didn't mention the ironing. I don't know I would want someone who didn't know about it in the first place to do it, anyway. I was recommended using leather conditioner to help avoid the wrinkles; heretofore I had been using something called Bear Grease, I believe, which a cobbler told me was actually for work boots
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As I haven't had the greatest luck in-person, I think I'd trust the reputation of an SFer over someone whose shop I've never been in.

As for the gouge, it's something I could probably take care of myself. Though the cobbler told me all that could be done is putting polish over it, I could probably glue down the flap first and that might make it a little smoother.

I'm thinking I should send them in for repair to an SFer who'll get the job done right. I can post some pictures later, as I'm on my way out. Any help is much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by otacon
Any recommendations/users who want to speak up?

I bought a pair of boots four or five months ago and they're showing some damage. While I'd go to a cobbler for a heel or sole replacement, those aren't the things that are bothering me--there's a small gouge or two and they are wrinkled something bad.

They were pretty wrinkled when I bought them (I should have just made the salesman order me a new pair) but wearing them has, of course, made them worse. I've read that there is a method of literally ironing them, but I am not exactly wiling to experiment on these particular shoes and would rather leave that to a professional. So far, I haven't had much luck, being told that there was nothing that could be done for them. I didn't mention the ironing. I don't know I would want someone who didn't know about it in the first place to do it, anyway. I was recommended using leather conditioner to help avoid the wrinkles; heretofore I had been using something called Bear Grease, I believe, which a cobbler told me was actually for work boots
frown.gif

As I haven't had the greatest luck in-person, I think I'd trust the reputation of an SFer over someone whose shop I've never been in.

As for the gouge, it's something I could probably take care of myself. Though the cobbler told me all that could be done is putting polish over it, I could probably glue down the flap first and that might make it a little smoother.

I'm thinking I should send them in for repair to an SFer who'll get the job done right. I can post some pictures later, as I'm on my way out. Any help is much appreciated.


PM "Nick V.". I doubt there's anything he can do about the creases - they're a fact of life with leather. He'll do a better job with the crazy glue than you can, but that's all he can do for the flaps.
 

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