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FWIW, asked my local cobbler to re-sole Dr. Martens, he refused, said it cannot be done.

Love these shoes, have a dozen of them, boots included. The most comfortable shoe ever made even with no width options.

But they wear so slowly that it takes me years to wear them out. The rest of the shoe will probably fall apart before the sole is worn out, if you have a correct walking pattern and not dig in the heel causing premature heel wear. I bought one pair used, they looked like new in front but the heel was worn.
Now the old UK ones were a little more durable perhaps.
 

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i've seen resoled DM's (with vibram wedge sole); they looked awesome.

It can be done!
 

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Question is, is resoling cost-efficient.

You can get like-new DMs off Ebay for around 40-50 FRNs, often MIE ones and MIC ones can be bought new for that much. Now that's shoes like 1461, not boots like 1460. That's less than the cost of resoling.
 

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Originally Posted by jagmqt
I know that Dr Martens take some bashing around here, but in the winter months, I like thier basic brown boot...it's light and comfortable to walk in...

My problem is the soles are extremely slippery and offer very little traction in any amount of snow or ice.

Anyone ever have them resoled with something that offers more traction? A non-Dr Marten sole? Is that even possible?

Thanks for any advice...

jag


The DM sole is a goodyear welted moulded sole that is also heat sealed onto the base. I have had a tour around the factory myself (as an authorised trader), and I can confirm that you cannot have them repaired to the original specs. They should however last for years, as they are extremely well constructed. I am surprised you say the slip resistance is poor - DMs are famed for their anti-slip (petrol, acid etc). My own personal pair have prevented many potential falls!

ANy questions about DMs, I am happy to answer as best as I can.

JOhn
 

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forgiveness if this has been discussed before or is a silly question. I noticed recently that the Dr Martens MIEs I have been seeing look different than mine. The eyelets of mine are not metal......was looking to pick up some oxblood MIE shoes online, and noticed that they have metal eyelets - mine do not. Here are some photos........
Picked these up many many years ago at a spot that was going out of business......likely before Docs were ever made anywhere except England.... when I picked them up, I was unaware that production had moved and only recently looked at them and noticed that they were MIEs. Got them for about $15. Last pair in the store. they were missing laces and I never got around to getting new ones until recently..........have been in closet for at least 10 plus years Perhaps they are seconds of some sort. Is this eyelet normal? Of course, I see that the eyelet has metal on the inside......is it just missing a piece of the grommet that should be on the outside?
 

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Why pay close to $100 for a resoling when you obtain another pair new for just a little over that. These aren't Aldens or John Lobbs where resoling would be more economical for a pair of very nice shoes with a life still in them.
 

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Originally Posted by Astronaut888
forgiveness if this has been discussed before or is a silly question.
I noticed recently that the Dr Martens MIEs I have been seeing look different than mine.

The eyelets of mine are not metal......was looking to pick up some oxblood MIE shoes online, and noticed that they have metal eyelets - mine do not.
Here are some photos........



Picked these up many many years ago at a spot that was going out of business......likely before Docs were ever made anywhere except England.... when I picked them up, I was unaware that production had moved and only recently looked at them and noticed that they were MIEs.
Got them for about $15. Last pair in the store.

they were missing laces and I never got around to getting new ones until recently..........have been in closet for at least 10 plus years


Perhaps they are seconds of some sort.

Is this eyelet normal?
Of course, I see that the eyelet has metal on the inside......is it just missing a piece of the grommet that should be on the outside?


They should defineatly have the metal grommet on the outside - they are seconds.
 

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I have a few MIE DMs that are exactly like the above ones. No metal in the eyelets.

I have a few pairs that look new on the outside but the heel is worn beyond salvaging and you cannot resole them, pity. So they have been relegated to the beater status. This is one problem when getting used DMs - an incorrect walking pattern will wear the heel. Never happens when I wear them, even after 10 years the sole is still usable, and when it does wear out it happens uniformly so you can wear them almost indefinitely. But I try to maintain the correct walking pattern.
 

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Hi John, I bought my DM's because of the deep tread which I though would be great in the winter. Once it turns cold, the rubber turns hard as a rock and they are as slippery as my leather soled dress shoes. I love the shoe and they are worn in the way I like them. I have since worn the tread smooth so would like to resolve them with a proper tread that won't wear down and be as slippery or simply find another brand. Are there different soles on different DM's or are they all the same? Mine are 10938's.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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I am not associated with either cobblers, but I have used Corey before, and now trying Gary.

2 Canadian cobblers can resole Dr. Martens with original sole, OR a new type of sole!

1. Original sole - Corey Hiltz in Barrie Ontario

2. New type of sole - Gary Coakley in London Ontario
 

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This cobbler rebuilt a pair of Docs with JR soles:

 

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