If you think back to a week or to before Xmas, you’ll recall that I reported on the stroke of luck I had in finding a pair of Custom Grade brogues by Church in my local Salvation Army charity shop. A truly remarkable find, and even more remarkable in that they were my size as well. A pair of shoes that normally retail for around 400 pounds, lightly used and only 25 pounds. Rare luck indeed! And given that these are the first halfway decent pair of shoes I’ve seen in this shop in 4 years, I think the chance is slim of a repeat find.
Anyhow, while the shoes themselves were magnificent examples of quality British brogues, I wasn’t too happy with the leather sole. A trial run round the house showed that they were slippy on hard wood flooring, and I’m really not convinced leather soles are the right thing for my sort of usage. I use my shoes, and you never know when it will rain. Considering I already have 2 pairs of Grenson brogues with commando soles, this time I wanted something different. A bit of research (and consulting with shoe maestro Scratch) convinced me that classic Dainite soles would be a nice choice for these.
British brogues deserve the attention of a proper and experienced shoemaker, and where better to find one than in Great Britain? I had previously taken notice of Shoehealer in Doncaster, being both a shoemaker and seller of an astonishing range of quality shoes. I popped an email to them asking for a quote and received a very favourable reply. So off the Churches went, back over the ocean, to be treated to new soles.
Richard, partner of Shoehealer, kindly agreed to document the process (as I was incredible curious as to what would be done to my shoes), so I’ll let him take over from here.
Thank you, Richard and Anthony, you did a truly excellent job on my lucky brogues!
‘Your Shoes’ with the original Leather Sole fitted and part worn, and now at Shoehealer in the UK having the leather sole replaced with a more durable Rubber ‘Dainite’ Sole.
All shoes will have a ticket attached, detailing the customers name, and details of the work required.