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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sartorially Challenged, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. Sartorially Challenged

    Sartorially Challenged Senior member

    Mar 23, 2006
    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!

    Ooooooh... [​IMG]

    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). [​IMG]

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

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Mar 23, 2002
    London, UK
    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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