Frequent Asked Questions
Can you resole blake stitched shoes?
Yes, we can absolutely resole shoes blake stitch shoes, which have the outsole stitched directly through to the insole without the use of any welt. They require a thinner outsole than Goodyear welted shoes, but we can absolutely do this using our JR Rendenbach oak bark tanned leather outsoles. Unfortunately, it is impossible to convert blake stitched shoes to Goodyear welting.
Can you resole shoes with double outsoles?
Yes, we can absolutely resole shoes with double soles, or a midsole. A double-soled shoe essentially has two outsoles stacked together and then sewn onto the welt. This adds extra durability. Provided that the midsole is not worn out, we can refurbish double-soled shoes at no additional cost. Should the mid-sole need to replaced, or should you desire to replace it with a pair of JR Rendenbach oak bark tanned leather outsoles, the additional fee is $55.00.
Can you stretch or shrink my shoes?
Unfortunately, both stretching and shrinking of shoes is outside the scope of our Kirby Allison Shoe Restoration Program. Although it is certainly possible to stretch shoes, we recommend having this done with a local cobbler.
In Kirby Allison's pursuit of the absolute best in shoe care, we have teamed up with a third-generation, 17-time award-winning cobbler whose family business has been in business for 100 years to create the best recrafting program available. Using only the highest-quality components and finest workmanship, we will resole and recraft your shoes to like-new condition. No corners are cut and extreme care is taken to fully revitalize your shoes as closely as possible to their original condition.
Our Kirby Allison "Silver Cup" recrafting program will restore your shoes to like-new condition using the Shoe Service Institute of America ("SSIA") Silver Cup standards, which is the shoe repair industry's most prestigious award for recrafting workmanship. The contest rules state that shoes should be repaired back to their "out-of-box" condition, preserving the original aesthetic of the shoes as much as possible. In addition, all shoes will receive a finishing shine using Saphir Medaille d'Or to ensure they return fully polished and ready to wear.
Our Kirby Allison recrafting program exclusively uses JR Rendenbach oak-bark tanned outsoles, widely considered by shoe aficionados to be the absolute best outsoles because of their high density and longevity. Every shoe will also receive new JR Rendenbach combination heels, new Sovereign Grade Shoe Laces, and a full Saphir Shoe Shine. Our goal is to provide the individualized care and attention to every pair of shoes to ensure only the highest-quality workmaship. Every pair is individually inspected and the repair is done by our award-winning cobbler. All work is guaranteed for a full year against any failure in workmanship.
Once you place your order, a member of our team will follow-up with you with instructions for mailing your shoes to our facility in Florida. For an additional $15.00, we will send you a pre-paid shipping label. Once received, all work will be completed in 7-10 working days and returned back to you via FedEx.