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Is it more expensive than some of the guys we have local?

Also, I have a leather briefcase with the zipper broken. Do we have someone local who could fix this? Nicks?
There are no local cobblers that I trust. I always reach out to ask questions first. I also look at pictures of past work. The cobblers in Toronto don't instill confidence.

All of my shoes are shipped out, or I drive to them. Guelph, Barrie, London, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, and Vancouver. Check out SSIA for their members.


I assume most cobblers can fix the zipper on a leather brief case.
 
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Some Tuesday afternoon shoe porn. Florsheim 97626 in black shell cordovan. Rebuilt with JR soles, grommets, triumph toe plates, and rubber heels.

B Mason Executive Imperials rebuilt with house leather, Vibram Raptor sole protectors, and toe plates.

Martin Sugg at Timeless Shoe Repair.

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Those are some great shoes and insane soles. I’ve been looking out for some gunboats myself. Are there any decent options to be had outside of the usual (i.e. Alden or vintage)?
 

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Those are some great shoes and insane soles. I’ve been looking out for some gunboats myself. Are there any decent options to be had outside of the usual (i.e. Alden or vintage)?
I go for the vintage stuff. Haven't bought a current brand in a long time.

Others really like Grant Stone.
 

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Does anybody know whether Rob's Best Foot Forward is still by appointment only? I know he left a note on his door with a phone number on it, but I'm not sure whether it's the same number as on his website, or if it's a cellphone number. (I know they would have been closed today anyway.) Is he responsive over e-mail?
 

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What shoes did you send to Gary?
These Ralph Lauren Chukka Boots. From what I can tell they are made in USA, most likely by Allen Edmonds based on the labeling on the tongue.
The heels were shot so I ended up getting Vibram Eton outsole and heel.
The Vibram logo is off centre but I could care less. It was Christmas when these came back.
 

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Does anybody know whether Rob's Best Foot Forward is still by appointment only? I know he left a note on his door with a phone number on it, but I'm not sure whether it's the same number as on his website, or if it's a cellphone number. (I know they would have been closed today anyway.) Is he responsive over e-mail?
You can drop by, he is working under reduced hours (10 to 3 I believe) during phase 2. Just give him a call before you go, not sure about email but he’s responsive on text/ calls
 

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These Ralph Lauren Chukka Boots. From what I can tell they are made in USA, most likely by Allen Edmonds based on the labeling on the tongue.
The heels were shot so I ended up getting Vibram Eton outsole and heel.
The Vibram logo is off centre but I could care less. It was Christmas when these came back.
I prefer the Vibram Eton over Dainite. I don't feel the studs on the Vibram, and they seem softer as a whole. Also, Dainite can be slippery on certain wet surfaces whereas the Vibram grips well. I use both for rainy days, so that's my gauge.
 

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You can drop by, he is working under reduced hours (10 to 3 I believe) during phase 2. Just give him a call before you go, not sure about email but he’s responsive on text/ calls
Thanks - need to pick up some Reptan. Do you recall offhand if he's open on Saturday?
 

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You can drop by, he is working under reduced hours (10 to 3 I believe) during phase 2. Just give him a call before you go, not sure about email but he’s responsive on text/ calls
Thank you for the update! I'll try to give him a call tomorrow - I'll have to hope for a Saturday or make an appointment, as I'm in Mississauga and cannot make it on weekdays.
 

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