Leave a comment, win a free resole

by Shea Gunther · 13 comments

To help celebrate the kickoff of the Resole Blog we’re going to give away one free resole with Resole America per week for the rest of the month.

To enter into contention for the free resole, you just need to leave a comment on any one post here on the  Resole Blog. Each week I’ll randomly select one comment and award the winner with a free resole.

A resole will breath new life into your old Birks, Rockports, or cowboy boots. In a way the shoes are better than new after a resole- the uppers are already broken in to your foot and come with the warm familiarity of time.

And if you don’t think you have a pair of shoes in need of a resole, you should think “conversion“. Yesterday I wrote about resoling mash-ups and showed what happens when you combine Vibram soles (great for running, hiking, and other outdoorsy stuff) with shoes made for golf, basketball, and wrestling.

I just took a look at my own shoe collection and found an old pair of Copa Mundial cleats that would look awesome as hikers. I’d guess your shoe closet has something that would look equally as cool with a sweet new Vibram sole. Mash-up your shoes!

So leave a comment. Share your thoughts, give your feedback, or maybe just tell a joke. The more you comment*, the higher your chances of winning. To help things get flowing I’ll throw this question out- what do you have in your shoe closet that would look cool as a conversion?

*- within reason, spammers need not apply.

Photo: Nick Starr/Flickr


Gil Friend May 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

Interesting idea, but what about the whole notion of local economies and short loops? (I’m not sure my local cobblers will like this so much.)

Will May 12, 2010 at 10:46 am

This is absolutely incredible. I was skeptical, but after seeing the basketball shoes and golf spikes with vibram soles, I’m absolutely soled… sorry. Subscribing to RSS now and excited to see what comes through the channel.

Tim Hurst May 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

I am loving the golf cleats turned Vibram-soled approach hikers. Nice touch.

And while the business model may not please ‘local cobblers’, if you don’t have a local cobbler, I’m sure “they” wouldn’t mind at all. In fact, it might bring more attention to the practice of cobbling and some day you might have a local cobbler again.

john bradley May 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Local cobblers are still in the mix, but it’s definitely a vanishing breed. No doubt there are some capable men and women still involved, but most are severely limited in working on, for example, (1) hiking boots- if you don’t have lasts, bladder presses, knowledge of urethane cements, and access to OEM parts, it really isn’t an option; (2) our relationships with factories all over the world enable us to get original parts/finishes, which simply produce a level of quality unavailable elsewhere. I’m not beating on the little guy– I wish them the best, and we do actually have quite a few who send us shoes they simply can’t do. We’ve been Rockports & Clarks/Bostonian exclusive resoler for more than 25 years.

Another consideration is our proven commitment in the recycling area. Our relationship with Nike has been growing for about 2 years now, and we are deep in discussions about an even more proactive partnership (they are coming to visit next week). Our story is really built around “resole/reuse”, and “recycle” as much as we can. And we will continue to investigate ways to keep materials out of landfills.

Michael G.R. May 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

That’s the thing with working from home; not much wear & tear on my shoes. I can keep them almost forever!

Michael d'Estries May 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

One of the best ideas I’ve seen in awhile. So many times, I’ve been forced to part ways with shoes I love because of the soles splitting or simply deteriorating away. No longer. Love it.

Kim May 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

Have an old pair of Vans slip-ons that would be a great conversion to a light hiking shoe. Thinking more grasp/tread on the shoe would help.

helenlam May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am

I always get my Birkenstocks and Docs resoled. However I have a pair of boots that I love and are in desparate need of a resole!

Shea Gunther May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

Nic, I checked in on your question about overseas shipping. Resole.com is happy to work with overseas customers. You just need to box up your shoes and find out how much it costs to ship to Resole America. Add that amount in your payment for the resole when you place your order on Resole.com.

So if it costs $19 to ship your shoes from you to Resole, add $19 to the cost of the resole in your payment to cover the cost of sending them back to you.

Tara May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Great idea! I do have to admit though…I stopped reading mid-post…but only so I could go check out what shoes I had in my closet that could use this. :)

Joe May 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I have 4 pairs of Birkenstock Wexfords (Footprints) that apparently need to be resoled although only the heels are really worn.

Do you stock the necessary soles (44/285) ?

Can you tell me about what it would cost if I shipped all four pairs to you in the same box?


Shea Gunther May 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Hey Joe, let me check in with someone over at Resole.com and will get back to you. You can email me at sheagunther@gmail.com if you’d like, but I’ll just respond back with details here as soon as I get them.

Shea Gunther May 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Hey Joe,

I just got the word from April, who handles customer service at Resole, about your query. They totally can handle those Birks and have the necessary soles to resole them.

The shoes will cost $65 each to resole. If you use the Resole.com UPS shipping label, it’ll cost $26 if you’re east of the Mississippi river, $37 if you are west of it. The website will calculate a higher shipping cost but since you’re sending four shoes in one package, the price will be lower.

Let me know if you need further help with anything.

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