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Question for the shoe mafia

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stu, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I noticed that my C&J Whitehalls are showing a bit of wear on the sole near the toe. The sole has worn down just a bit and the stitches are peeking through.

    Should I immediately have them resoled, or is this just part of natural wear and something I can take care of in time? One thing I've done with cheaper shoes is have a cobbler put a thin layer on the sole when this starts happeneing. But have never been in this position with high-end shoes.

    Anyone?
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There is no need to re-sole an entire shoe only because the tips begin to wear. Ideally the sole should wear down in the centre and eventually wear thin and subsequently develop a hole right in the middle of the sole. But, depending on the way a person walks, wear will be uneven; many people will wear the toes first, others the left or right side.

    A skilled cobbler can fix new toe pieces, but that might be a bit early, as you said, the stitching is just beginning to show, which means wear is not excessive yet. Easiest you get some toe protectors, either steel or rubber nailed on to prevent further damage. An even better way would be to have steel plates set into the toes (as opposed to having them nailed on) but that's a job not many cobblers are skilled at. Enquire with your local shoe repairer.
     
  3. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    Is this a fairly common procedure or is it pretty rare? This sounds like something I would like to have done to my new shoes since I am one of those people who wear their soles at the front tip first.
     
  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You see it from time to time, but it's hardly common. I would think that it would be successful most frequently when done by the manufacturer (as is the case for some JM Weston or Vass shoes) or done by someone that the manufacturer recommends (as is the case when you order shoes from the London C&J store). Frankly, I would have a great deal of difficulty finding a cobbler near me competent to do this.
     
  5. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    Perhaps I need to find a blacksmith (VBG).
     
  6. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's how the inset steel plates look like: http://www.alainmadec.com/?p=fer-semelle (For an English translation search Alain Madec through google, click on translation and go to "Poses of an iron embedded in the sole") I believe these plates come from the States; maybe it's easier to find a cobbler who can do the job. Print it out and go searching in the best Philip Marlowe tradition: "Ever seen a guy like that?"
     
  7. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Corleones, for the wonderful information and link. I am going to check around with my local cobblers (San Francisco area) and see if I can find one who can do this. I´ll make them an offer they can´t refuse. [​IMG] -Ed
     

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