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Seeking Shoe Repair Advice: CT/Loake Brown Calf Semi Brogue

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Mar 23, 2006
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So I put on my new pair of CT/Loake brown calf semi-brogue today. After wearing them for a few hours, I felt a tiny pebble inside, so I took the shoe off, shook the little pebble out, and then when I was putting it back on, I heard a TWACK sound.

The tongue was pushed in. I looked into the shoe and found that the piece of stiching that connects the upper part of the tongue to one side of the upper broke!


It seems there isn't much of a functional problem with the tongue flapping about since it is cinched down well by the laces, but I wondered whether this is something a cobbler can fix in a short order and how much this type of repair usually costs. That's perhaps less of a hassle than sending them back to CT in the UK, no?

BTW, I looked at the other shoe, and I noticed that the same piece of switching was beginning to loosen as well. I guess I got what I paid for ($85 during that crazy sale).

In all the years of wearing moderately priced shoes (mostly Johnston and Murphy, Polo and Barney's house brand), this never happened before.


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Mar 23, 2002
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Some English manufacturers attach the tongue on one side, others do not; Italians never do.

Wear your shoes for a while, the tongue might not go for walkabouts. That is more of a problem with boots, as the tongue has more mileage to move. If there is a problem, you can always put a thread-loop on the upper side of the tongue. (Rather like a belt loop. The laces go underneath the loop at one point, keeping the tongue in the centre.)

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