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Replacing both the soles and heels of your shoes can be pricey, since they cover a large portion of the footwear. Leather soles are expensive and the process to replace them is laborious.
The cost of buying a new pair of quality walking boots can be high, therefore having them repaired with a quality sole makes good sense. You should be aware that a cheap, brand new pair of walking boots can often be bought for less than a quality repair, however they are often inferior quality and many find them uncomfortable. A complete resole repair can be a laborious process for the cobbler so the price often reflects this. Your boots current sole is patched or removed prepped and glued, and after the resoling process the boots are finished by hand, and then usually conditioned for waterproofing. The price guide quoted here is for the entire units. However it is often possible to get the heel or the sole repaired without replacing the entire unit. These repairs can be more cost effective and just as durable, but perhaps not quite as aesthetically pleasing.
Shoes can be stretched to make them more comfortable to wear. Some materials stretch better than others. Talk you your local cobbler for advice.
Leather soles and heels, albeit very strong, can also be damaged with continued use. However, replacing them is pretty quick. Most cobblers can offer this service usually within 48 hours, depending on how busy they are.
Gents rubber heels, albeit usually sturdy, are also prone to wearing out. However, having them repaired is quick and easy.
Stick-on soles are there to provide anti-slip properties for the shoes and also to remedy small tears on soles before the damage gets worse. If you haven’t been to a shoe repair shop before, consider choosing an independant one as they may charge less. Bigger repair companies tend to be more expensive as they have bigger overheads. Nevertheless, there’s no harm in doing research and comparing prices before you decide on a shop.