• STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

RL Cordovan Boots

oldskool

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
183
Reaction score
0
I purchased some RL cordovan ankle boots on bluefly size 11 for $279 (Retail $595) they are great. The sole is rubber, and has worn down. I would like the change this to a double leather sole to make them a little more stylish (and continue to wear them). The cordovan is very high quality and they polish extremely well. Can I have this sole change done successfully? Has anyone changed a rubber to a leather sole on quality shoes? The boot is bench-made and has hand written marks on the interior for size, etc. http://www.bluefly.com/pages....duct+ID
 

AlanC

Minister of Trad
Joined
Nov 7, 2003
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
81
I've wondered the same thing, but assumed it could be done. How about something like this from Alden as a compromise:
 

Luc-Emmanuel

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2005
Messages
1,586
Reaction score
14
I've wondered the same thing, but assumed it could be done. How about something like this from Alden as a compromise:
Regarding the original question, never tried to. On the other hand, I never buy rubber sole shoes. Luc
 

imageWIS

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Apr 19, 2004
Messages
20,007
Reaction score
102
(AlanC @ Mar. 23 2005,05:58) I've wondered the same thing, but assumed it could be done. How about something like this from Alden as a compromise:

On the other hand, I never buy rubber sole shoes. Luc
Yet another member that doesn't live in SoFla... Jon.
 

retronotmetro

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 5, 2004
Messages
1,645
Reaction score
27
I purchased some RL cordovan ankle boots on bluefly size 11 for $279 (Retail $595) they are great.  The sole is rubber, and has worn down.  I would like the change this to a double  leather sole to make them a little more stylish (and continue to wear them).  The cordovan is very high quality and they polish extremely well.  Can I have this sole change done successfully?  Has anyone changed a rubber to a leather sole on quality shoes?  The boot is bench-made and has hand written marks on the interior for size, etc.  http://www.bluefly.com/pages....duct+ID
Why don't you email Crockett & Jones (which made the McCallum--it's basically a cordovan Chepstow) to see if they can do it? Even if you don't have them do the work, they can tell you if it is possible.
 

johnnynorman3

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 3, 2004
Messages
2,700
Reaction score
18
I don't see why it wouldn't be possible -- the advantage of the Dainite sole is that it is a goodyear welt.
 

oldskool

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
183
Reaction score
0
Dainite sole - where can these be replaced in NYC? My guy wants to replace it with a Vibram, and I said no thanks...
 

retronotmetro

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 5, 2004
Messages
1,645
Reaction score
27
E uses Vibram rubber soles, and I don't know who makes Alden's rubber soles but I haven't seen an Alden with Dainites. I haven't heard of any place in the US that will resole using an English sole like a Dainite or a Ridgeway.

Alden may be able to resole them with their commando lug sole, which seems similar to a Dainite in material if not pattern.
 

LondonCalling

Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2004
Messages
10
Reaction score
0
I have the same boots and I also bought them from bluefly (summer 2004). I picked them up for an even $200 after getting some much needed customer service TLC. I've been very happy with them; they pulled hard duty this past winter and held up extremely well. As retronotmetro pointed out, the boots are made by C&J and under their own label are sold as the Chepstow. C&J will replace the Dainite sole with a double leather sole if you wish, but they won't resole the boots if the uppers are cracked. I'm curious, why do you think the double leather sole makes the shoe more stylish than the Dainite? Â With the storm welt they are a chunky boot to begin with. Contact C&J: www.crockettandjones.co.uk
 

AlanC

Minister of Trad
Joined
Nov 7, 2003
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
81
Someone mentioned at Ask Andy that Ben Silver will send C&J's over to have them serviced. Now, whether they will send RL C&Js is another issue. You might want to contact RL, too.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How did Covid-19 impact your personal style?

  • My style hasn't changed at all.

  • My wardrobe hasn't changed but I am wearing casual clothes more often.

  • I invested in new good quality leisure and casual clothes.

  • I invested in new sartorial clothes taking advantage of the sales.

  • I purged my closet during quarantine and I have nothing left to wear.


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
445,086
Messages
9,620,638
Members
201,093
Latest member
oxyphenketoxr
Top