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Some but not all, and other routes too.
#1
A couple of weeks ago I went to the local walking store for a new pair of walking shoes because I had worn my favourite shoes out, heel and sole where completely gone.
My thought was to get the same shoe again as they were so comfortable, as always happens they had stopped making that particular model, so I reluctantly choose another make. All said and done they weren't too bad, right size and comfy to the foot, only miles and miles will tell if they match my others.
About to depart the shop the I was informed that I could get my beloved shoes re-soled (new bottoms), I was unaware that they could do this, but a place in the North of England has the skills.
I had a call today that they were ready for collection at the local store, so I hot footed to pick them up, well I was like a little boy in the sweet shop when he showed me the result, my comfy old uppers with new Vibram soles.
It was not cheap to have these done, well half the price of a new pair, so if you have those really comfy shoes/boots don't throw them away send them off for a new lease of life.
These will be my VDLP footwear for February.

I just love it when a plan comes together.

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domigee

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CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#3
I had heard it could be done in Germany but not here.... Thank you for that, my OH has been moping for his now very worn shoes. We'll give it a try.
Thanks! :)
 
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Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#5
What a great option for those who wear robust boots! Unfortunately for those of us who wear mesh trail runners, our tops would probably not hold up well enough to warrant the cost of new soles.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Some but not all, and other routes too.
#8
What a great option for those who wear robust boots! Unfortunately for those of us who wear mesh trail runners, our tops would probably not hold up well enough to warrant the cost of new soles.
You are correct Chris, it really depends on the type of uppers you go for, I always tend to go with leather because I find that they wear well.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Some but not all, and other routes too.
#9
On talking with the shop owner yesterday, he was saying that a lot of his customers are now finding a boot/shoe that they like and getting two pairs. The makers are changing designs of shoes so often people don't know were they stand.
 

Irish Bernie

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Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017,May 2018,Sept 2018.
#10
On talking with the shop owner yesterday, he was saying that a lot of his customers are now finding a boot/shoe that they like and getting two pairs. The makers are changing designs of shoes so often people don't know were they stand.
They could stand in their boots ;)
 
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C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#13
I have been including this bit of information, that hiking boots & shoes can be resoled on many of my footwear posting for years. Glad that someone else, in the UK figured out a local source.

My recommendation is to simply go to your local Google.?? web site and Google search for "resoling hiking boots" in your local language. That is how I found several North American sites here in the US.

I managed to have my original, Keen Targhee mid-high boots resoled twice, that's three soles in all, before the uppers starting showing their wear and age. That saw me through four Caminos. I am now on my second pair of the identical boots and the original soles...so far...

Hope this helps.
 
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C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#16
Anything that can be broken or worn out can be fixed or repaired. The only issue is cost-effectiveness...and of course, finding someone who knows how to do it.
 

Magwood

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#19
@Waka could you give us a clue as to the walking store that dealt with this for you, or alternatively the shop that carried out the repair. Many thanks.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#21
I had my Chaco sandals re-soled after two Caminos, too.
 

Magwood

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#23
Thank you @Waka. My boots are in the post. A rather expensive repair, but half the price of a replacement pair with no risk of them being uncomfortable.
 

Tia Valeria

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Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
#24
One tip to make boots soles last longer - buy them a year before you want to start wearing them. The soles harden a little in that time and so wear out slower.
We too have bought an 'extra' pair of favourite boots and stored them. So far the soles have lasted as long as the insides.......and our UK made 'Spanish' boots (bought in 2013) get put away for next time.
 

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