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Shoe repair / sole conversion question

Thin White Duke

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Dec 5, 2010
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For a long time now I’ve been in search of a pair of burgundy pebble grain penny loafers. You’d think this wouldn’t be such a rare beast but they seem to be very hard to find.

I recently came across these by Blackstock and Webber:

The uppers are pretty close to exactly what I’m looking for but that’s seems like a very hefty pair of double leather soles.

Seeing as they are Goodyear welted, has anyone ever successfully done a conversion to a different sole? The city soul by Meermin or that ‘Dainite Lite’ that C And J do would be perfect (both are low profile rubber) - even a standard Dainite would probably be OK or failing that a single leather sole.

There’s a traditional old cobbler near TPA who I’ve used before on more conventional repairs and he’s done good work for me. I just have no idea if this sort of thing is precedented on a brand new pair of shoes.

Any thoughts, advice or experiences much appreciated - cheers!


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Jan 3, 2009
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B. Nelson in NYC will do it via mail for $180 - website very basic, so just call them - great folks, great service…

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