Allen Edmonds sole repair??

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by moustache, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. moustache

    moustache Practically Family

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    Ok cobblers out there:I have a pair of delightful Allen Edmonds Byrons that are in wonderful condition.Except for one small problem.
    The soles have a couple of years of life left save one having a dime sized hole in the center of the sole.You can see and feel the cork.Not sure how this occured but i would like to repair it myself instead of taking it in and having the whole sole replaced or spending $$$$ and waiting who knows how long.
    Are there any products on the market one can use to fill said affliction and be done with it or ???The other twin is in great condition and needs nothing.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    JD
     
  2. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Call Me a Cab

    This has happened to me on several pairs of AEs--the sole has just gotten worn down to nothing in the middle. The only solution is to have them resoled. You can have half soles put on them, where they cut the sole just forward of the waist and replace the front half. I've had half soles and heels done for as little as $38 (decent, but not spectacular, work).

     
  3. Teacher

    Teacher Familiar Face

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    Send them to AE, or find a good local cobbler. Mine does ful soles and heels (hidden channel) for US$50, and they're superb.
     
  4. Find a good shoe repairman!

    If you can find a good shoe repair guy, then it is a good idea to get you good shoes done right. It is a lot cheaper to get new soles and heels than buy a new pair of high end shoes.

    Speaking of shoe repair here is a story I remember. A middle aged man has come home to attend his father's funeral and after all the ceremonies goes to his parents home. There his mom tells him to go thru his dad's stuff for her. In going thru the dresser he finds a very old repair stub for a pair of his dad's shoes and realizes the shoe repair place is still there. So he grabs the ticket and takes a walk to the shop and presents the ticket to the cobbler and says, "I was wondering if you still had these, I'd like to pick them up." The cobbler looks at the ticket and with out a word goes into the back room and the sounds of rummaging thru shoes comes from the back. A few minutes later the cobbler comes out hands the ticket back to the guy and says, "They'll be ready, Tuesday!" ;)

    Sincerely,
     
  5. Mr. Steve

    Mr. Steve New in Town

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    What to do?

    Send them into Allen Edmonds if you can't find a good repair shop. The shoes are well worth it. The good thing about Allen Edmond is they will send you a box to ship them for free. When the shoes return, they can look brand new. I have had some of my Edmonds for almost 15 years and I bet you would think they were new.
     
  6. Tomasso

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  7. Marty M.

    Marty M. Vendor

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    Sole mate.

    Allen Edmonds Recrafting Dept. does an excellent job. I send a few pairs of my customers shoes there every week. They do an amazing job. It really is worth the money to have them do the work.
    Marty
     
  8. moustache

    moustache Practically Family

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    I have thought about the AE service.But for one little hole 1/2" x 3/4"??Seems like a LOT of money.I will try to find a temporary fix.Then maybe send them in later.One of my pals suggested Rock putty.Does not shrink,mixes to a putty and insert it into the damaged area.Then a wee bit of something to cover it.At least for awhile.

    JD
     
  9. jake_fink

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    Put them aside until you're flush enough to send them off to AE or to take them to a shoe repair artiste. There is no fix for a hole in a sole except resoling them. I know this because I have frequently had shoes with holes and have frequently had no money to fix them. I tried everything from lining the shoe with cardboard and/or plastic, to filling the hole with sylicone caulking compound to just taping the whole thing up. Anything other than the full repair will be frustratingly temporary at best.

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  10. moustache

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    Thanks for the suggestions fellas.I found a local cobbler who is putting on new half soles(leather of course)heels and a thin rubber gasket over the leather for a bit over $50.And in a day or two.Sounds good to me.

    JD
     
  11. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    Thanks John. That story made my day.:)
     
  13. moustache

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    A follow up to my shoe repair issue:work was done today and shoes are now back home.Very nice job.Here they are .My AE Byron's with new half soles,heels and polished up.

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    JD
     
  14. Duck

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    Very nice, JD.:eusa_clap
     
  15. Tomasso

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    Much better than duct tape.

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  16. anon`

    anon` One Too Many

    Where'd you go for that, JD?
     
  17. moustache

    moustache Practically Family

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    The Shoe Stop in Lloyd Center.Second floor on the west end near Nordstrom.
    The turn around time amazed me.I expected a week at least.The shoes look wonderful!!
    I will try to remember to wear them at the FL get-together at the end of the month.

    JD
     
  18. Marty M.

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    Sole Brothers.

    Nice job. How old are your Byron's?
    Marty
     
  19. moustache

    moustache Practically Family

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    Not really sure Marty.I would estimate 2-4 years old.An ebay special they were.if i remember correctly,i paid $25 for them.A little polish and voila!!
    All 4 pair of my AE's total around $200 possibly.Not too bad if i say so myself.

    JD
     

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