3 Common Questions About Boot Resoling Answered

Posted on: 15 December 2015

One of the hallmarks of a fine work boot is that it can be resoled again and again in order to create a piece of footwear that takes on your unique lifestyle with you in the nicks, scratches, scrapes, and flex points as the years pass. This important feature of high-end boots can be a cause for consternation for many who are new to the high-end boot market, however. In order to clear the air and make sure that your boots can be maintained well for years to come, here are three common questions about boot resoling answered. 

Question: How many times can I resole my boots?

Answer: It depends on the type of welt on the boot. Boots without a welt construction whose soles are glued or "bonded" on cannot be resoled at all, which is typically why this style is found on lower-end boots and shoes. Blake welts are pretty rare on work boots since this method of attaching a sole is fairly delicate, but Goodyear welting is very common. This type of welt can be replaced up to six times, depending on who does the resoling. The manufacturer will often have better luck with resoling than any cobbler, but six resoles can last a typical wearer upwards of ten years, so much longer than that won't be much of an issue due to changes in styles and taste. 

Question: Can I put a different sole on my boots than the one it came from the factory with?

Answer: Yes. Common changes that boot owners make are switching out a thin leather sole for a natural crepe sole or a wedge sole. The crepe sole offers a level of authenticity and springy comfort that many traditionalists find attractive. The wedge sole, on the other hand, distributes weight very evenly, greatly adding to comfort for those who spend a lot of time on their feet. However, sticking with or opting for a leather sole offers a sleek, classic option that's always in style. 

Question: What if I've worn through the footbed of my boot?

Answer: This resole job can get tricky for a few reasons. When a boot is resoled without wearing all the way through the footbed, then the welt can accept a new sole in order to replace the sole of the boot. When the welt is compromised by wear and tear, then the cobbler will need to replace the entire welt, which can get expensive quickly. At this point, it may be more cost-effective to get a new set of boots, but if you want to continue your journey with your favorite pair of boots, then the fix can be made.