What Are The Best Shoe Types To Get Resoled?
Best Shoe Types To Get Resoled
Once upon a time, not all that long ago, there were shoe repair shops in every suburb. A few decades ago, very few people threw away their shoes. Instead, they would take them to a cobbler or shoe repairer and have them fixed. There were a number of reasons people did this and even more as to why they don’t do this today. In the past, it was not as common to have a readily available supply of cheap shoes. Shoe stores were tiny but they sold quality shoes that would last for quite a while. This quality came at a price so many people only had a few pairs of shoes and when the soles wore out, these shoes would be taken to a cobbler to be repaired and resoled.
These days, shoe stores are enormous and filled with hundreds of different shoes. From the very cheap to the very expensive. Even those larger department stores that have popped up everywhere, have an entire section dedicated to footwear. With many shoes being so cheap, it actually may cost you less to buy new shoes rather than resole your old ones. However, some people refuse to buy cheap shoes because they don’t like the materials they are made of and prefer to have fewer shoes that don’t compromise on quality materials or craftsmanship. These people know they are investing in a pair of shoes that will last for years, with the proper care of course, and don’t mind taking their shoes to the cobbler to be resoled when it’s needed.
We all have some shoes that are our favorites and we get quite dejected when we wear a hole through the soles. Resoling these shoes breathes new life into them and we can get another year or two wear out of them. However, before you rush to your closet and start rummaging through your shoes to get them resoled, you need to know which shoe types can be resoled.
1. High Heels / Stilettos
Most dressy shoes like high heels and stilettos can be resoled. The heel tip can easily be replaced as well. These shoes often wear out quite fast where the toes and the balls of your feet are because all of your body weight is centered in this part of your foot and shoe. You cobbler can definitely resole the part of the shoe that makes contact with the ground so if you have a favorite pair where the uppers still look good, it’s definitely worth getting these shoes resoled. Keep in mind though, that if the heel is broken, you can pretty much throw your stilettos away.
2. Dress Shoes
Dress shoes are usually made of high-quality leather and if they are only worn on special occasions, they will last for years. However, some people choose to wear dress shoes to work, socially in the corporate world so it stands to reason that these shoes will see a considerable amount of wear and tear. The good news is that men’s dress shoes are perfect candidates for resoling. The uppers generally see less wear than the soles and having them resoled is quite easy and certainly less expensive than a new pair of dress shoes.
3. Most Boots
Nothing beats wearing a good pair of boots in winter. These giants of the footwear world keep our feet warm and dry. Best of all, most boots last us for several seasons as we may not wear them on a daily basis. Most boots, such as cowboy boots, Chukka boots, and Jodhpurs, to name a few, have leather uppers and a separate sole. These and many similar types of boots are usually made of premium quality leather and it also takes a few wears to break them in. Once you do though, they are incredibly comfortable and with the right care will last for a long time. The soles are a different story and you may need to resole them every couple of years, depending on how often you wear them. If you do get your boots resoled and take care of the uppers, you can get several years of use from a good pair of boots.
4. Hiking Boots & Shoes
Most hikers will buy a good quality pair of hiking shoes or boots and will literally wear them until they start falling apart. This is because these shoes need to be comfortable and if you invest in a good pair, they will be the most comfortable pair of shoes or boots you can imagine, once you break them in, of course. On the downside, the soles of hiking boots and shoes wear out much faster than other footwear specifically because of the vast terrain they trek over. If your favorite hikers are looking a little thin on the soles, take them to your cobbler and have them resoled. As long as the uppers are still in good condition, you can extend their life for the fraction of the cost of a new pair.
5. Handmade Shoes
Shoemakers are a dying breed but once upon a time, these were the only people you could buy shoes from. Those handmade masterpieces of footwear were designed to be worn, worn out, repaired, and worn again. So much so, that many of these shoes could last for years and years. This is something those mass-produced shoes simply can’t live up to. If you’re lucky enough to have a shoemaker in your vicinity, you can have one of these made to last babies on your feet and have them repaired and resoled as needed.
Sneakers are a bit of a hit and miss when it comes to resoling. If the soles are stitched, then you can certainly have them resoled. However, these days most sneakers have molded soles that are glued to the uppers. These aren’t suitable for resoling. On the upside, even though the soles of most sneakers can’t be resoled, they are made from incredibly durable materials so they should last as long as the rest of the sneaker.