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    Quote Originally Posted by Mail-Moth View Post
    but here again, you have to find a good craftsman. Putting rubber soles means that the original leather has to be sanded down a little, and I've seen cobblers doing this so awfully that they even attacked the rear parts of the sole and destroyed the piece of leather supporting the sewing (don't know how it's called in english sorry, that is trépointe in french) - which is a definitive damage.
    this scares the shit out of me. any way to check if its happened to me? I recently worked with a shit cobbler on my favorite boots and the rubber was placed carelessly but i figured I'll just let it wear down and get it redone by someone better in the future. now i'm afraid he may have shave down too much?

    EDIT - youtube (i think) explained this to me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c13m_kEllGE

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    That's quite easy to check : look at the upper part of the stitching - the part opposite to the sole, which you always can see. If its width has been reduced to the point stitches are missing here and there, that's very bad. If not, no problem.

    Of course, this is only true for goodyear welted shoes, with apparent upper stitching - which is the case for most of the shoes and boots I've seen here, CCP, Guidi... For other kinds of fabrication, this damage isn't likely to happen.

    Edit : see the piece of leather sewn aroud the shoe in this video ? That's the trépointe. The leather sole will then be sewn on it (see video part 4). It is that part of the stitching that must never be damaged.

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    it is pretty cheap to get the heel of a sneaker replaced (I wear through mine really quickly too). I pay about $10 and it is flawless from the outside.

    does anyone know a really good cobbler in the DC/NoVA area?

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    Fantastic thread! My go-to guy in the DC Metro area...


    Sumner Place Shoe Repair
    4701 Sangamore Rd
    Bethesda, MD
    Phone: 301-320-8705


    Tiny little shop, but came highly recommended, and has done stellar work for me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mail-Moth View Post
    That's quite easy to check : look at the upper part of the stitching - the part opposite to the sole, which you always can see. If its width has been reduced to the point stitches are missing here and there, that's very bad. If not, no problem.

    Of course, this is only true for goodyear welted shoes, with apparent upper stitching - which is the case for most of the shoes and boots I've seen here, CCP, Guidi... For other kinds of fabrication, this damage isn't likely to happen.

    Edit : see the piece of leather sewn aroud the shoe in this video ? That's the trépointe. The leather sole will then be sewn on it (see video part 4). It is that part of the stitching that must never be damaged.
    u r then a professional?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer View Post
    Fantastic thread! My go-to guy in the DC Metro area...


    Sumner Place Shoe Repair
    4701 Sangamore Rd
    Bethesda, MD
    Phone: 301-320-8705


    Tiny little shop, but came highly recommended, and has done stellar work for me so far.
    I will check them out, but do you happen to know of any place on a Metro Line?

    One of my favorite products is "Shoe Goo". It's an epoxy substance that bonds VERY strongly over night and is great for doing easy repairs at home. I actually once used it to reglue the entire sole of a pair of Common Projects... and still sturdy to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teger View Post
    I will check them out, but do you happen to know of any place on a Metro Line?


    Nope. Sorry.



    And I've recently discovered Shoe Goo and found it to be awesome stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philip nod View Post
    u r then a professional?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mail-Moth View Post
    That's quite easy to check : look at the upper part of the stitching - the part opposite to the sole, which you always can see. If its width has been reduced to the point stitches are missing here and there, that's very bad. If not, no problem.

    Of course, this is only true for goodyear welted shoes, with apparent upper stitching - which is the case for most of the shoes and boots I've seen here, CCP, Guidi... For other kinds of fabrication, this damage isn't likely to happen.

    Edit : see the piece of leather sewn aroud the shoe in this video ? That's the trépointe. The leather sole will then be sewn on it (see video part 4). It is that part of the stitching that must never be damaged.
    Trépointe=welt in English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer View Post
    Nope. Sorry.



    And I've recently discovered Shoe Goo and found it to be awesome stuff.
    Shoe Goo

    I used it to repair one of my Ugo Belts as well as a MMM belt; a pair of prada loafers, collection privee lace-ups, etc.. It's a an awesome product. I keep it with all of my shoe care products (leather conditioner, horse hair brush, saddle soap, polish creams, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by merz View Post
    LA people:

    Willie's shoe services
    801 N Cahuenga Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90038

    this is where i take my just about everything, and the level of price/quality is pretty difficult to match. the owner (i haven't been in in a while, and assuming he has not retired..) is a pushing-90 gentleman who has been working in shoemaking since his teens. he expertly restored my pieces from the early 1900's, taking their condition from 100 years of wear to looking pretty close to brand new. some of the repairs he performed were on damage so severe and unlikely that i honestly did not believe good results to be possible, and i've a fairly decent understanding of the process.

    but yeah, this is the guy you want to take your shoes to if you feel like re-building your sole, etc. I've taken some rubber sole pieces or ground down to nothing heels to him to have those replaced with all new leather soles + additional rubber layers, anything you can think of really. you name it, he will do it. without asking an arm and a leg.

    G, you need to intern with this guy. True, good, dedicated cobblers are a dying breed. I'd love to spend a month just watching a man like that and learning the skill
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    Quote Originally Posted by merz View Post
    LA people:

    Willie's shoe services
    801 N Cahuenga Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90038

    this is where i take my just about everything, and the level of price/quality is pretty difficult to match. the owner (i haven't been in in a while, and assuming he has not retired..) is a pushing-90 gentleman who has been working in shoemaking since his teens. he expertly restored my pieces from the early 1900's, taking their condition from 100 years of wear to looking pretty close to brand new. some of the repairs he performed were on damage so severe and unlikely that i honestly did not believe good results to be possible, and i've a fairly decent understanding of the process.

    but yeah, this is the guy you want to take your shoes to if you feel like re-building your sole, etc. I've taken some rubber sole pieces or ground down to nothing heels to him to have those replaced with all new leather soles + additional rubber layers, anything you can think of really. you name it, he will do it. without asking an arm and a leg.
    It would be interesting to see some before and after photos of his workmanship!
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    Appreciate the southern california suggestion, Merz. I have a few pairs of shoes that really could use some repairs this summer so next time I'm up there I might drop them by.

    Main question: I love the shape of these rick boots but I'm not really much a fan of distressed anything. How would these take to a black dyeing? My assumption is not well - especially since they're reverse calf leather and I'm guessing that even with a black dye it won't really eliminate the distressed look.


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    Do they have texture? I've seen these before but I'm not sure they did.
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    I'm not certain - I haven't seen the 'distressed' versions in person only a pair of the plain black leather ones.



    There's a close-up if it helps at all.

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    Can any of the frenchies on the board recommend a good cobbler in paris?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNouveau View Post
    Can any of the frenchies on the board recommend a good cobbler in paris?
    http://www.ateliercattelan.eu/
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    Anyone from Vancouver can suggest a good leather garment repairer and a good cobbler?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNouveau View Post
    Can any of the frenchies on the board recommend a good cobbler in paris?
    if you need to resole, I strongly recoment the cobbler on the Rue du Regard, near metro Saint Placide. I can't remember the exact adress or the name, but it's a short street and there's only one cobbler on it (it's on the left-hand sidewalk towards the end of the street coming from the metro). my dad only wears classical english shoes and this is his guy, he's made 20+ year old shoes look and feel brand new

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    Haha, of course those places couldn't be any less conveniently located (i'm in the 11eme) but I suppose it's worth it?

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