Heels (bottom layer)
On stilettos, this can also be referred to as a “lift”. On boots and loafers, there is generally a flat, larger surface area that can be made of rubber or a combination of leather and rubber, to comprise the heel.
When a heel base detaches from the upper, it can be reattached most of the time. If it cracks, then a new replacement heel base is needed. If the exact heel base is not available, we can change both to match with a suitable replacement.
If the leather is severely torn on the heel base, we can recover it using a suitable leather match.
On men’s shoes and boots, the heel block can wear down with excessive wear after the heel has worn away. We can rebuild or replace heel blocks.
When a sole becomes thin, or a loss of tread has developed, we can replace the sole with leather or rubber. Options for new soles include half leather soles, full leather soles, half rubber soles and full rubber soles. Not all options can be used on every style, and we will advise the best option once we evaluate your shoes.
Protective soles added
Whether you are looking to protect your new pair of men’s or women’s shoes, or want a protective sole to guard your shoes from damp weather, a thin protective sole is what you’re looking for. This is ideal on women’s shoes that are made with thin leather soles, such as ballet flats. Our thin soles come in different colors, and add traction, while not compromising the aesthetic of your shoe.
If the soles become detached from the upper, and the soles are intact, our welding process can adhere the two parts back together.
If your insoles have shifted or curled up, we can realign and seal back into place. If you have holes or extreme wear, we make custom leather insoles to fit your exact shoe. Additional foam padding can be inserted under the insole to add comfort.
The back of the shoe can break down, lose structure, or tear. We rebuild to strengthen, then reline the repaired area with leather.
The rim of the shoes above the counter can tear, in which case we can replace the worn trim.
When stitching is unsewn, we can resew loose or open seams.
If holes have formed at the front tip of the shoe, we can fill and seal or cover the damaged area with leather. If the toe box wrinkles, it can be rebuilt depending on the level of damage. Shoe trees are a great way to help maintain the shape of the toe box. Ask us about adding a pair of our cedar shoe trees to your next order.
The stretchable material that often connects a strap to the buckle can lose its elasticity over time, in which case we can replace the elastics.
If you have lost your ankle strap, we can custom make a new set. When the holes on the strap are stretched or torn, we can rebuild the damaged area or smooth the lifted leather. If a tab holding a hardware piece tears, we can rebuild or replace it.
If you can zip up your boots, but the calf is snug, we can gently expand the leather to fit.
Take-in calf to make smaller
Our in-house boot specialist can measure and alter the shaft of your boot, if it is too large for your legs.
Add panel to make wider
When stretching the calf is not an option, we can add panels of leather or elastic to expand the shaft.
Shorten shaft height
If you would like to cut down the height of your boot to modify the style or fit, we can adjust the shaft to be shorter.
If you cannot get your foot in your boot, but the calf circumference fits your leg, we can add a zipper for ease of use.
We have select, premade generic tassels, or we can custom create a tassel to match your shoe.
With constant use, a zipper pull can become weak and break. If made of leather, we can make a custom replacement. If your original pull is metal, we have generic options available. If the slider is off track, we can realign or replace most sliders.
When the zipper tape is torn, or teeth are missing, we replace the zipper. We select the best match available for zipper tape color and teeth color and size.
We can repair original hardware, replace it with similar, generic parts, or order select branded parts, depending on the company.
We can reuse some original parts, or replace them with similar, generic parts.