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That’s pretty crappy. It looks like he or she didn’t cut a channel for the stitching. I’d go with one of the many reputable cobblers who allow you to send them your shoes in the mail. @suitforcourt knows if several in the US and Canada.

EDIT: Here are some other US-based cobblers who have very good reputations:



To look for qualified local cobblers, SSIA members are generally reliable.

I have no experience with Cobblers Plus in Denver.

But their work looks really good.

For a US cobbler that I have used, and recommend, go with Brian Gavigan in Bufalo. His shop is called Sole Man. I have a review of him here on SF.

A little pricier but skilled and detail orientated.

Gene Harstock in St. Paul Minnesota is also good but slow. Hartland Shoe repair.
Here are some other US-based cobblers who have very good reputations:





Thanks for the messages and recommendations all. I’ve used Steve at Bedo’s before, I just figured that a city the size of Chicago should have one decent cobbler. I was also really looking forward to my first JR resole. I’m assuming the soles are unsightly, but not structurally compromised?

That particular cobbler came highly recommended from someone on another thread, so¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’m also never going back to argue or for a refund. In addition to refusing to wear a mask when interacting with customers, you can also be treated to a screed or two on “personal freedoms”:rolleyes:

Just a disaster on so many levels...
 

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It was 105F degree today so I thought why not go into the garage for some sauna and boot maintenance.

Here's my vintage boot collection.

My first vintage shoe gateway:

NOS 70s Jodhpurs from 'The Last Footwear Company' of New Zealand.
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The other boots:

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1930-40s Florsheim Kangaroo boots.
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70-80s Hartts' Chelsea
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70-80s Allen Edmonds Johdpurs:
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70s? Wright Arch Preserver Johdpurs:
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Thanks for the messages and recommendations all. I’ve used Steve at Bedo’s before, I just figured that a city the size of Chicago should have one decent cobbler. I was also really looking forward to my first JR resole. I’m assuming the soles are unsightly, but not structurally compromised?

That particular cobbler came highly recommended from someone on another thread, so¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’m also never going back to argue or for a refund. In addition to refusing to wear a mask when interacting with customers, you can also be treated to a screed or two on “personal freedoms”:rolleyes:

Just a disaster on so many levels...
Structurally they’re probably fine. Next time, send them to Bedo’s, he’ll make’em like factory for you.
 

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Structurally they’re probably fine. Next time, send them to Bedo’s, he’ll make’em like factory for you.
Ironically, this particular pair has already been to Bedo’s - had heels replaced by Steve when I first got them about 2 years ago. Soles were still solid, so I thought.

Then one day I stepped in dog shit. Got a little overzealous scraping it off with a putty knife and a divot went down to cork, precipitating the need for a full resole.

I wish I was making this up.
 

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Gene Harstock in Minnesota

How fortuitous, his shop is 20 minutes from my house!
 

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It was 105F degree today so I thought why not go into the garage for some sauna and boot maintenance.

Here's my vintage boot collection.

My first vintage shoe gateway:

NOS 70s Jodhpurs from 'The Last Footwear Company' of New Zealand.
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The other boots:

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1930-40s Florsheim Kangaroo boots.
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70-80s Hartts' Chelsea
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70-80s Allen Edmonds Johdpurs:
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70s? Wright Arch Preserver Johdpurs:
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Those jodhpurs are outstanding. I have the AE St. George jodhpurs too. Mine are "aninline brown" (i.e., chili). I really like them. Now I'm on the hunt for some Wright Arch Preservers. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Those jodhpurs are outstanding. I have the AE St. George jodhpurs too. Mine are "aninline brown" (i.e., chili). I really like them. Now I'm on the hunt for some Wright Arch Preservers. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, I knew you would like those jodhpurs and was going to tag you. The leather of all those vintage boots are awesome. The leather on the AE St. George is so nice (as Mr. Fu established). I was ebay watching the brown AE St. George with beat up sole for $100 for 2 months, I thought no one would buy at that price but someone did snatch it.
 

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Went out into the world and braved the virus to pick up a new phone and pick up a few pairs from the cobbler, including my beloved Florsheim shell PTB with my first JR some conversion.

My excitement faded when I got the shoes home and checked them out closely.
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My disappointment knows no bounds. :(
First world probalems for sure, but one cobbler to strike from the books.

At least the phone is nice.

off to Bedos next time
 

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How fortuitous, his shop is 20 minutes from my house!
I haven't had Gene work on any of my shoes but I have conversed with him many times. He is a good guy with a passion for shoes.
If you ever use him, let him know it's a recommendation from this website. He is not tech savvy.

A few months ago, he asked me to proxy a pair of shoes on eBay because he doesn't know how to set up en eBay account.

He also doesn't know how to send e-transfer, and doesn't have PayPal account.

I decided to gift him the shoes in lieu of trying to figure out payment.

Great guy but talkative.
 

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Ironically, this particular pair has already been to Bedo’s - had heels replaced by Steve when I first got them about 2 years ago. Soles were still solid, so I thought.

Then one day I stepped in dog shit. Got a little overzealous scraping it off with a putty knife and a divot went down to cork, precipitating the need for a full resole.

I wish I was making this up.
Sorry this happened. It's only funny because it did happen to me, and I was purposely using light effort to remove the dog crap I stepped in.

I used multi wet wipes, and finally dish soap applications to get it off. The dish soap was used because the smell was lingering.

After about 15 washes, the smell went away.

Can you name the cobbler so we can avoid him? I am always happy to debate personal freedoms as it's both part of my work and personal beliefs. That said, I do buy into wearing masks. But that debate is for another thread.
 

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