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I am an advocate of style and sustainability. I sent two pairs of my goodyear shoes one from carmina the other one from andres sendra to a cobbler in Canada for resole I was charged More than 1000 CAD including tax. I did some research for example potter and sons they are around the same price. I understand that inflation in north america impacted all of the trades but with 500 dollars I can get a pair of Carminas . I was wondering are there cheaper cobblers in China or Asia that can do resoles for a more reasonable price ? Or since my shoes are in mid range of brand and price I am better off buying new pairs and only resole when I have Edward Green and Gazianos ?
 

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That is a lot indeed. Do you live in Canada? If not, how much of the $1000 price was for shipping (one or both ways)?
 

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You got scammed. Will probably never see those shoes again. Sorry, do some more research next time.
 
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That is a lot indeed. Do you live in Canada? If not, how much of the $1000 price was for shipping (one or both ways)?
Approximately 900 including close chanel stitching metal toe taps Jr Soles and heels one of the shoes needed a welt change. I am positive there is not any scam the gentleman is very descent and in potter and sons website if you change the rate to CAD it would be the same (Jr close channels, metal toe taps would be 370 jsd).
I live in the Caribbean and no I did not consider the cost of shipping
 
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You got scammed. Will probably never see those shoes again. Sorry, do some more research next time.
No sir I am almost positive there is not any scam involved I have read about the gentleman in the forums may I know which cobblers you use for resoling ?
 

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Approximately 900 including close chanel stitching metal toe taps Jr Soles and heels one of the shoes needed a welt change. I am positive there is not any scam the gentleman is very descent and in potter and sons website if you change the rate to CAD it would be the same (Jr close channels, metal toe taps would be 370 jsd).
I live in the Caribbean and no I did not consider the cost of shipping
Yeah, with all of those extras I could see you getting to 400 CAD pretty easily for one pair of shoes. I’d have skipped the closed channel stitching. If you needed a new welt, I am guessing this isn’t the first resole either? And assuming that $900 includes shipping back to your country (guessing easily 150 CAD for two pairs, if not more) then I don’t think the price is out of line. I’d probably add a Topy to try to stretch out the life of your new soles.
 

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Can you name a few please
As we both mentioned, Potter and Sons. Much, much, much cheaper than 500 per pair.

But generally, I'd either find a local cobbler or go to the brand you bought from (I don't think Carmina does it, and I've never heard of Andres Sena before now). Are you near a big city? Do you want to tell us where you are?
 

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As we both mentioned, Potter and Sons. Much, much, much cheaper than 500 per pair.
No, if you price out on their own website all of the options the OP got, I ended up around $435 CAD (or so, don’t remember exactly).
 

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No, if you price out on their own website all of the options the OP got, I ended up around $435 CAD (or so, don’t remember exactly).
I managed to get to $400 CAD with JR Soles, JR Heels, and toe taps... I guess all the options stack up, with the exchange rate, to get close to OP's $500, but still $100 short. And... yeah, that's OP's choice, he could have gone with the $170 sole + heel combo, which I'm sure is great, but he chose to spend $260 on JR (which is probably still high, you can probably get that for less elsewhere, but still, even for JR soles and heels, spending as much as the shoes themselves cost is... not right).
 

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I managed to get to $400 CAD with JR Soles, JR Heels, and toe taps... I guess all the options stack up, with the exchange rate, to get close to OP's $500, but still $100 short. And... yeah, that's OP's choice, he could have gone with the $170 sole + heel combo, which I'm sure is great, but he chose to spend $260 on JR (which is probably still high, you can probably get that for less elsewhere, but still, even for JR soles and heels, spending as much as the shoes themselves cost is... not right).
Think the main issue here is that the OP started off with “is it okay to pay $1000 to resole two pairs of shoes” and then only later mentions all of the additional options that drove up the price. I think if OP chose all of those options then why complain about the price? Not clear whether metal toe taps are needed (some people benefit, most don’t), not clear why a new welt was needed. If the shoes needed a new welt because they were on their fourth or fifth resole then OP got good use out of them and maybe should have purchased a new pair of shoes instead.
 
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As we both mentioned, Potter and Sons. Much, much, much cheaper than 500 per pair.

But generally, I'd either find a local cobbler or go to the brand you bought from (I don't think Carmina does it, and I've never heard of Andres Sena before now). Are you near a big city? Do you want to tell us where you are?
Sorry for the spelling mistake it's Andres Sendra, I am a medical student I live in the Caribbean and people barely wear dress shoes here so I am almost there is not any cobbler who can repair goodyear shoes.
 

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Sorry for the spelling mistake it's Andres Sendra, I am a medical student I live in the Caribbean and people barely wear dress shoes here so I am almost there is not any cobbler who can repair goodyear shoes.
I think most cobblers can do it, but if you want to make sure it's done well, just go to Potter & Sons. Don't worry about JR soles and heels, they add like $90 per pair, you don't need to spend that much extra on Carminas. Don't worry about metal toe taps unless your toes are always getting banged up. $340 US for two pairs sounds a lot more reasonable, right?
 

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