Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Harrydog, Mar 11, 2012.
Out of curiosity I checked with EG (Jermyn St.) on the current price of a resole. I was told:
The price of this service is £275 per pair and it takes 8-10 weeks.
That is approx. $455. Wow.
Wow is right.
That is insane. $455 for a resole??
Wow! Alright then...who wants to buy a 5 pair EG collection in size 8UK??
It is high but that sounds about right (1/3 the price of retail). In EG's defense, they do a "refurb" not just a "resole" when submitted.
Not cheap especially compared to the likes of AS (<$200), Alden and AE (<$150), or independent cobblers such as Nick V. (~$100 I believe for standard soles).
Yes but presumably the cost of the sole is roughly equivalent. Dainite is Dainite no matter who purchases it. As you move up and up the food chain I expect better choice of materials, construction, etc but to base a resole off of the retail value does not hold much weight to me as that price remains relatively constant; the biggest variable being the hourly cost of the worker doing the install but that clearly should not equate to this level of difference.
EG suggests not to topy their soles as the leather needs to breath .. I think with a good cedar trees and some good topy that you would be just fine .. Though I can recall a member here posting a photos of a recently refurbished shoe from EG, and it end up looking like a brand new pair.
Now we see the wisdom of purchasing so many pairs of shoes. It is very unlikely that we would need recrafting that often.
275 pounds have been a price for some time, I think this includes delivery both ways.
You are correct. I assumed all on the thread knew a resole included a complete refurbishment.
Now if I only can convince my wife to see it this way. LOL
All the recraft departments basically strip out the insole and relast the shoe before rewelting and resoling. The shoe is essentially run through the same assembly line as a new pair. So the work and time is roughly the same as for a new pair.
The interesting thing, to me, is that once you get beyond the leathers and the upper work, most manufactured shoes are almost identical in terms of materials and construction techniques. So the question becomes....if recrafting is identical to 90% of the work done bottoming a new pair of shoes, and recrafting costs such a substantial percentage of the price of a new pair of shoes...what percentage of the price of a new pair of shoes actually is material and labour costs for the uppers?
Everyone says that "it's the leathers" (for the uppers) that makes one high end RTW shoe cost more than another made using he same techniques....
Generally for any repairs on most things I have done Labor amounts to half of the bill.
Quote:I'd send them to Nick without hesitation.
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