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Leather Sole Care/Life Expectancy, Hole in my boots' sole.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrPsellus, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. MrPsellus

    MrPsellus Member

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    I'm a soon-to-be graduate who just invested in his first nice pair of shoes, a pair of Grenson's Sharp Boots; tan leather brogue boots with the double leather sole.
    http://www.grenson.co.uk/shop/sharp-189
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    love the boots. I've yet to buy a shoe tree for them because I decided to wear them in a bit so I don't look like I care about my boots as much as I do.

    The problem is the sole. I've noticed that on the heel and on the tip of the toe, the sole has ground down to the point where there is starting to be a bit of wood damage, and somehow there is a central crack in the sole of the right shoe. I only noticed it yesterday.

    I am a bit amazed by this. I'd heard Grensons had a reputation for being hard-wearing by the standards of more expensive boots, but I've had these for less than two months. I don't think this should be happening. I've been wearing them a lot, most days when it doesn't look like it will rain, but after two months I'm still amazed by the hole. I feel almost cheated.

    Should I just replace the leather with vibram? How much would that cost? I'm particularly annoyed because I was really starting to enjoy leather soles-the sound they make is amazing, and after a bit of scruffing they're really very comfortable.
     
  2. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Cracked sole in 2 months? Return them.
     
  3. MrPsellus

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    I am wondering if I could do that. I am really, seriously pissed right now. I loved these boots.

    Anyone know what the return policy is on Mr Porter?
     
  4. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    So you've worn them, without any care or tree placement, for 2 months?

    Do you wear them everyday?

    Picture would be helpful.

    Durable does not equate indestructable.
     
  5. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Senior member

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    You might be able to avoid this problem by getting toe/heel taps installed. Any shoe repair place should have them. The cracked sole is a cause for concern though.
     
  6. Reborn

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    You want to return a pair of boots you've never used shoe trees on, probably never rested and worn 40 times in two months, all because they are showing wear on the soles?
     
  7. KObalto

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    If it was just wear, I would agree, but a cracked sole? I'd like to see pics, though.
     
  8. MrPsellus

    MrPsellus Member

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    What does rested mean?
     
  9. MrPsellus

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    I don't have a reasonable chance of that, but at the same time I think I it was reasonable to not expect a hole at this point.
     
  10. Reborn

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    Leather shoes are going to absorb moisture as you wear them. After wearing leather shoes it's a good idea to let shoes rest for a day or two so that they can dry out naturally. This is especially important if you've worn them on a wet day.
     
  11. MrPsellus

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    I thought that was just common sense. I've gone three-four days without wearing them on days after rainfall, and never wear them when it was raining.

    It was drizzling yesterday briefly, and I was on my feet almost all day, but this is...extreme. I wonder if I stepped on something?
     
  12. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    That just looks like extensive wear. "Rested" means you shouldn't wear shoes on consecutive days lest they wear too quickly.
     
  13. graymerica

    graymerica Well-Known Member

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    Damp soles are very easy to cut or gash. That looks like what you might have done.


    You can put a half leather sole on those for about $25. If you are going to wear them so much, rubber might be a better choice.
     
  14. MrPsellus

    MrPsellus Member

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    How much would a rubber sole cost?
     
  15. graymerica

    graymerica Well-Known Member

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    Here in NC, Half soles are $25, ask you cobbler where you are,

    Rubber soles are probably going to show on the side though, I would take them to a cobbler and see if they can stop the damage and put off a new sole.

    You need to wear them less though either way.
     
  16. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    I am sure I have posted this before:

    I was at Church's store a few years ago and speaking to an assistant about shoe-rotation. He made a comparison of two recent cutomers that needed their shoes resoled
    i. Older gent, was getting his 10 year old Church's resoled and they need some work to the uppers as well. He took care of shoes, rotated his shoes and used shoe-trees
    ii. Annoyed wife of customer, who could not understand why the shoes needed a resole after 6 months. He wore the shoes everyday, did not use shoe-trees and the shoes were rarely polished.

    Nathan Brown (Lodger Footwear) told me a similar story; one of friend's wore his Lodger shoes everyday and was harsh on his shoes too, the shoes did not last six months before a resole was needed.



    Should you return them? If you want, but do not expect a refund
    Resole the shoes? Yes and get shoe-trees
     
  17. fritzl

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    ftfy
     
  18. MrPsellus

    MrPsellus Member

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    Fitted? I am new to all of this.
     
  19. MrPsellus

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    I appreciate all of this, but I think my case is a bit different for several reasons:
    1) Two months. A hole. I don't think this is normal
    2) From what I understand, Church's generally have a single sole, and do not have a reputation for durability, at least by boots standards.

    With that said, I'm pretty scared by this, so I'm going to a local shoe repair shop, do whatever I can, and take care of these boots as much as I can. My goal is to give them to a (future) son as proof that I was once dapper.
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  20. KObalto

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    Those are Goodyear welted. They should get a completely re-stitched resole. Here's a very good NYC cobbler: http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/
    Prices on the site for all types of soles and you can ship to them. Nick will call you when he gets your shoes and help you figure out what you need/want.
     

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