Replacing rubber heel.

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  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I find that I wear out rubber part which is the back of leather stacked heels of my dress shoes fast. Can a local cobbler replace that rubber piece without changing the original stacked heel? Does any knows how the process is done?

    Thanks.
     


  2. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's only the top-lift that gets replaced. The bases are not touched.
    If you have a combination heel rubber/leather, they are both replaced as they come laminated together.
     


  3. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Nick, quick question for you: do you offer clear and clear brown edge finish? I have a pair of shoes that I've been holding off resoling for a while now. They will eventually be mailed to you for a full resole and I thought they could benefit from either a totally clear or clear brown edge finish instead of the (normal) opaque brown edging they currently have.
     


  4. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nick, quick question for you: do you offer clear and clear brown edge finish? I have a pair of shoes that I've been holding off resoling for a while now. They will eventually be mailed to you for a full resole and I thought they could benefit from either a totally clear or clear brown edge finish instead of the (normal) opaque brown edging they currently have.

    Wes--
    We have clear (neutral) and brown.
    They don't make clear brown.
     


  5. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Wes--
    We have clear (neutral) and brown.
    They don't make clear brown.


    [​IMG] Maybe I didn't use the proper term. What I meant when I asked about clear brown edging is for something that would make the sole edges look like this: http://www.shoebacca.com/ralph-lauren/ash-alm63200.html

    While it's brown, the edging on those still allows the stacked leather to show through and looks like a stain was applied. I'd be interested in a similar finish on a pair. This is in contrast to most/all my brown shoes which have an opaque brown dressing that looks more painted on.

    I only assumed clear brown edge dressing exists since soles I've seen with fully clear dressing appear much lighter than that.
     


  6. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes this can be achieved by using neutral as a base and slightly tint it with brown.
     


  7. Wes Bourne

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    ^ Then it's only a matter of time before I send some shoes your way. Thanks for the answers!
     


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    Akeem Senior member

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    how long does a rubber top-lift normally last? i seem to be wearing through the rubber pretty fast. i've been wearing these shoes for about 2 times/week (walking about 1 mile/day) for 2 months and rubber is almost down to the leather part. if this is normal, i may consider just adding heel taps to save money.
     


  10. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    This is not normal. What kind of shoes are they, or do you do this to all your shoes?
     


  11. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    how long does a rubber top-lift normally last? i seem to be wearing through the rubber pretty fast. i've been wearing these shoes for about 2 times/week (walking about 1 mile/day) for 2 months and rubber is almost down to the leather part. if this is normal, i may consider just adding heel taps to save money.

    You may want to try a JR heel. Longer wearing rubber and leather. An average cobbler should be able to do it without a problem.
     


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