Shoe repair

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  1. Style guy

    Style guy Well-Known Member

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    MY soles are wearing out, they look like they are made of wood or some similar materials, where can I get them repaired? How long does it usually take and is it expensive?

    The rest of the shoe is in great shape, they are wing tipped dress shoes.
     
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    What is the brand?
     
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    Style guy Well-Known Member

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    Ernest, I believe they are Floreshiems
     
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    Don't bother.  Throw them away.  Just kidding.  I had a pair of shoes resoled a few months ago for about $30 by a local cobbler.  The turnaround was approximately three to four business days.

    By the way. Unless your shoes are clogs, I doubt the soles are wood. They are probably leather.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoe soles are not made from wood (Dutch clogs excepted), they must be bendable and therefore either leather or rubber is the material of choice.

    I presume your Florsheim shoes come from the "Imperial" collection of old and had a paint finish to resemble wood grain. (This was one of the distinguishing features of that particular Florsheim range, together with the V-cleat in the heel). They might look like wood, but are still leather. There must be shoe repairers doing good work in your nick of the woods.
     
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    Send them to the factory of this brand and ask them to resole them.
     
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    (Tiger Woods @ 23 Dec. 2004, 01:38) Ernest, I believe they are Floreshiems
    Send them to the factory of this brand and ask them to resole them.
    Even if Florsheim offers recrafting, do you really think it would be worth sending back? Besides, it seems that turnaround may be an issue and recrafting could take three weeks or more.
     
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    (ernest @ 22 Dec. 2004, 7:08)
    Ernest, I believe they are Floreshiems
    Send them to the factory of this brand and ask them to resole them.
    Even if Florsheim offers recrafting, do you really think it would be worth sending back? Â Besides, it seems that turnaround may be an issue and recrafting could take three weeks or more.
    It depends on the price of the shoes
     
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    take them to a shoemaker. I have to about every 18 months 2 years. the tops should last forever
     
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    I think, if you want a better than normal job and don't really trust the local cobbler, you could send them to Allen Edmonds and have them do their resoling program. Right now I have in a pair of beat up AE chesters back in the factory getting recrafted.

    Strangely enough, I believe resoling other brands only costs about 60-70 dollars at AE with shipping, while recrafting a pair of AE's costs 95 or 120, depending on whether you want the standard or prestige - recrafting involves both resoling the bottoms and stripping and refinishing the top, but the resole is just the new sole with a new polish. I do wish AE did offer the basic resoling option for their shoes, since I might not want to refinish some of my browns when the soles wear out.

    If these are the $100-$150 retail Florsheims, you might be able to get new ones after Christmas during one of the big sales for slightly more than the price of a resole.
     

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