Remember those well worn shoes from a couple of weeks ago which were returned to us for repair?
Well, we have done the repairs.
These Oxfords needed a complete re-sole; heel rebuild (as the customer had worn beyond the quarter rubber on the top piece); clean and polish.
Because this was the first re-sole and he came directly to us, we could do an invisible repair.
Firstly, we removed the heels in one unit and left the split lifts (rands) on. We kept the heel units to reuse later
We then removed the sole and cut it at an angle below the heel area. This next pic is from a previous post but illustrates the procedure - I forgot to take a picture which is a little remiss admittedly.
|This is how the join looks when the heel is rebuilt|
So now you prepare and glue on the new sole and stitch it on as you would with a normal shoe
|Sole glued on and channel cut in preparation for stitching|
We had to rebalance the heel a little on these shoes with a small extra lift.
The last stage is the finishing - rasping, glassing, sanding, setting the edges, inking and waxing.
Lastly we had to deglaze the leather and nourish it with some conditioner. On top of this, we did a polish.
Given the scuffed nature of the uppers, the result is not bad. The customer will get a lot more life from these shoes now.
I think this is the kind of antiqued finish is very beautiful, although it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
|Non-slip sock in the right shoes|
With the loafer, the customer had taken them to be re-soled at a heel bar and they had cut the sole in the waist and used a Blake stitcher to attach another sole, so we had to stick with that method to do the repair. As you can see, our friend George of George Shoe Repair did a great job. The only thing is that you can see the join in the waist which is a shame with a handmade bespoke shoe. The other problem with this repair is that the join comes apart over time and does not look as seamless as the version above.
So there you are, two pairs of shoes given a new lease of life - feels good!
Until next week, happy shoemaking!