Resoling E. Green shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by matcha, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. matcha

    matcha Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of beautifully brogued, dark brown E. Green shoes. They will soon need new soles. I know all the local shoe repair stores and they're not up to the job.

    They're RTW, bought at Neiman-Marcus on sale a few years ago. No idea what I paid but I am sure they were really inexpensive for Green shoes, maybe below or a little above $200.

    I'd love to ship them to the factory but considering what I paid it's hard to justify the cost, which is 120 British pounds plus shipping to the UK and back. Here's what E. Green wrote me:

    "We replace completely the soles and heels of the shoes , put in new laces and clean the uppers. This service costs £120 tax free plus shipping. This takes about 8 weeks, if you do return the shoes please mark the parcel "shoes returned for repair" to our factory at

    Edward Green and Co
    The Chelsea Workshops
    74 / 76 Cowper St
    Northampton
    England
    NN1 3QR"

    Sounds like you don't even get recrafting for that price, but even if you did, it's steep relative to what I paid for these RTW shoes.

    Are there other alternatives that I won't be sorry about? Send them to Alden or Allen-Edmonds? Mail them to Jim's Shoe Repair in NY? Any better alternative?
     


  2. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    If none of your local guys are up to the job, find another no-name shop that does not charge anywhere near as much as the shoemakers will. I'll pm you some ideas.
     


  3. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You should still consider their value rather than what you paid.

    The soles should be replaced on the original last, by the maker.

    Will
     


  4. DARLEY

    DARLEY Active Member

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    I concur with you. These seem to be resoled at somewhere which is not EG factory and they are not good work.
     


  5. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Darley, I think I'd be surprised to learn that those were resoled, if only because the leather uppers appear to be in such great shape. I guess there are a few stitches in the sole that look a little "off" but otherwise I don't see anything wrong.
     


  6. DARLEY

    DARLEY Active Member

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    Hi there. Yes, those outsole stitches aren't regular intervals. Moreover, the edge of outsoles are shaved too much and those seemed not to be pressed with an edge iron. Thanks
     


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