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    ^ I agree with Beardown...just brought home 3 pairs of footwear from the cobbler. You can get a very thin Vibram sole which is barely noticeable and doesn't change the look of the boot/shoe at all.
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    If you can't see the work past the fucking taped seams , cold dye wash or raw hems - perhaps you shouldn't really be looking at all.

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    fair enough - can't argue with that - i think i need to change my cobbler - he has been putting some thick soles on which really don't look great - also how do you get around the colour issues - on many augusta/ma+ that aren't black, the leather soles are similar to the colour of the shoes - be it blue/green etc - do you ignore this and just go for black whatever?

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    I guess you can get the cobbler to cut out a vibram-sole to fit the heel instead of getting a thick extra vibram heel sole. Something I didn't think of when I soled my Guidis. So they cut of one leather layer of the heel to put on the rubber heel.. not that pretty when you know it. But well on the foot out on the street walking... no one notice.

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    The cobbler I use carries protective soles in multiple colors, different thickness and different sole patterns (if you wanted something more 'grippy').
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    I definately agree that Vibram should be added to boots. On numerous occasions I think to myself "man if I didn't have these soles added I would have face planted the pavement"

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    i just vibram-ed my ann boots. anyone interested in getting theirs done in singapore, let me know. can recommend the place i went to. fast, and good service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestial View Post
    I guess you can get the cobbler to cut out a vibram-sole to fit the heel instead of getting a thick extra vibram heel sole. Something I didn't think of when I soled my Guidis. So they cut of one leather layer of the heel to put on the rubber heel.. not that pretty when you know it. But well on the foot out on the street walking... no one notice.
    i asked my cobbler to do that, but he said the half sole that goes in front isnt as durable as the heel sole.

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    No, of course not.

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    okay....i found a great pair of boots - on sale but the heel is rather large...is it possible to slim down the heel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eton97 View Post
    fair enough - can't argue with that - i think i need to change my cobbler - he has been putting some thick soles on which really don't look great - also how do you get around the colour issues - on many augusta/ma+ that aren't black, the leather soles are similar to the colour of the shoes - be it blue/green etc - do you ignore this and just go for black whatever?

    Vibram makes a lot of colors. My cobbler has a swatch book of colors he can order (but doesn't keep on hand) for soles and I remember there being about 12...a lot of very neutral and dark colors and then some greens, grays and even a bright red.

    At his shop, he has several browns, blacks & grays. I try to match the original sole as closely as possible but when all else fails, go black and you can't miss.
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    wow......at my london cobbler i have 3 choices (and he is pretty good!) black....a kind of tan, and white......(which went great with my augusta sneakers).....but then always seems like a better choice of everythig in the US...somebody could make some good money supplying various coloured vibram to UK....I would certainly buy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eton97 View Post
    wow......at my london cobbler i have 3 choices (and he is pretty good!) black....a kind of tan, and white......(which went great with my augusta sneakers).....but then always seems like a better choice of everythig in the US...somebody could make some good money supplying various coloured vibram to UK....I would certainly buy!
    I'm not sure if all the swatches were for soles because I believe they offer a material that's for inner support/heel/toe traction so it could have been for that rather than soles. I just noticed the Vibram logo on the swatch material.

    But my guy is probably less of a skilled cobbler and more of a commercial footwear dude. (technical term). I know he mostly deals with work boots and things like that (I'm in an area where there are quite a bit of factories). I wouldn't trust him with any major repairs but he's friendly, kind of funny and pretty quick.

    And most likely he's never used much of anything other than black or brown for 95% of his jobs. Vibram does a lot of work boot soles/traction, etc. and I've seen those in his shop more than anything. So the fact that there are so many warehouse workers in this region that have to wear specific boots with certain kinds of traction is why his business seems fairly brisk.
    But your cobbler should be able to special order different colors.
    I'm sure a google search would reveal the hues that Vibram offers.
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    You must go down well kitted out in the footwear and clothes from this forum in your local wateringhole with the local work force!

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    I almost always make it a point to add half soles and rubber heels to all my boots before they hit the pavement outside. For protection of the boots and prevention of slipping while walking. On certain occasions depending on circumstances, I'd get the half soles done first and rubber heels added later. Half soles for me are a must from the get-go.

    Had mine done in Tokyo, NY and SG. And I got to say that the Japanese workmanship can't be beat. I'd always request to maintain the same heel height after adding the rubber heel and they do it to perfection. For my Guidi backzips, after adding the rubber heel, they would grind the edges to create that gradual curve/rounding just like the original Guidi leather heel layer. For a pair of my Ann D boots, after adding the rubber heel, they actually sanded/grind (not sure what they did exactly) the sides of the rubber heel to mimic the wood grain texture of the original wooden heels. Top notch work!

    I think I've been completely spoilt by the Japanese standard that now if my boots weren't purchased in Japan, I'd either send them over there or wait till my next trip there to have them re-soled.

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    eton97,
    I've written in the past about being referred to in public as a chimney sweep and accused of being a mormon in the past.

    As far as colors, here's a pretty complete list. Some of these are only available in specific versions. I think the go-to is called Morflex but Vibram offers different sheets with various traction type.

    black, nicotine, neutral, honey, coffee, mojave, camel, brown, sand, natural, dark oak, leather, clay, white, taupe, flint, gray, lt. gray, caramel and red.

    Like I was saying, most people go with brown or black but if you want to specifically match colors, you could probably get fairly close. I think there is a minimum amount to buy which is why most shops only carry a few basic colors.
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    beardown
    ...funny you say that...most people think i am a chimney sweep when i go out in my paul harden jackets and trousers......shocking to think how much it costs to look like a pauper or someone who has just come from a coal pit!
    Thanks for advice on vibram......knowing what I'm like, i would order 100sheets of vibram just to get 1 pair of boots sorted!

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    Anybody have recommendations on products/methods to care for reversed leather? I assume water proofing is an important step? I'm also still unclear whether or not 'reversed' is a nicer way of saying 'suede'. The boots I have are reversed cow, isn't as fuzzy as suede typically is.

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    if it's suede or reversed doesn't have to do with the fuzz. Suede is split leather, only using the inside layer of the skin. Reverse is full grain leather, but with the meat side out.

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    I would not treat any suede or reversed skins. It will change the color, texture and feel of the nap. Just wear with pride. Water will alter the appearance, so if you don't want that, then avoid rain. I personally like skins to evolve.
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    ^^^ Agree, I havn't used any products for my reverse steer boots and havn't had any problems. I've also worn them in light rain too, which didn't have any effect on them.

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