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Can anyone recommend a cobbler in London?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rubbishtheory, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. ichobi

    ichobi Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Hey, sorry to resurrect the thread but I think it's better than creating a new one.

    I have these Barkers suede derby and it need some resoling. The leather sole has worn out.
    I want to have danite soles on them so I rang several cobblers that were recommended on this thread.

    Barker wants £90 and 4 weeks turnover.
    John Rushton wants £80 and 10 days
    Mayfair Cobbler wants £80 and a few days.

    The shoes only costs £190 and they are my beater, I don't want to spend that much on resoling. Does anyone has any other cobbler in central London that you have tried before and that doesn't cost much? They must be able to do Dainite resoling.

  2. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Try getting a quote from Cobler Magic in Edgware Road and Kokos in North Finchley.

    You will often find out that the cost of the materials and labour means you easily get to spend 50% of the value of a mid priced shoes.


  3. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    May 5, 2005
    I called around and took the following notes:

    A long sole is the full sole, half sole is just replacing the part that contacts the ground, not the waist.

    £89 long sole, £31 half sole, £11 for postage one way, if you don't want to go to their several locations outside central London. Someone posted that they do central London pickup, but I called and they said no.

    John Rushton
    £85 long sole

    James Taylor
    £111 long sole

    Tony's, as recommended by The Shoe Snob
    £38 half sole, £68 long sole, channeled sole £5 extra

    I went to Tony's and had them do the long sole and channeled, took around 4 days. Upon receiving them, there was about an inch of stitching still visible around the waist. After a few miles of walking, they looked like this:


    Stitching is now visible, so the channelling was pretty much useless. The original soles on all my goodyear-welted shoes are channelled and even after a hole was worn through the sole, the stitching was still not visible.

    It's not a big deal as I can deal with exposed stitching but I think I'll try John Rushton next time.
  4. nilshg

    nilshg Member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Resurrecting this very old but useful thread once more - does anyone have more recent experience on quality of work and prices at some of the places mentioned?
    Particularly, I was wondering about the price differential between Dainite and leather soles - one of the above posts mentiones £80 for a Dainite sole at John Rushton, while the last post quotes £85 for (I take it) a leather sole. I expected Dainite to be markedly more expensive than leather, so was surprised to see this - there's a 3 year gap between the posts but it seems unlikely that there's been huge changes in prices between them?

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