As with most resoles, two major considerations come into play when you’re thinking about putting new soles on your hikers: (1) Condition: Does the upper have enough life in it to make re-soling a good option? and (2) Cost of the re-sole.
Condition: We want your re-sole to last a long time. If we think the upper is just too far gone, we’ll tell you (and give you permission to shop for new boots).
Cost: we usually recommend a resole if it will cost 50% or less than a new pair. This is just a guide. Some people love their boots and want them resoled no matter what. It’s hard to argue with a well-broken-in pair of boots.
We can replace the soles on most welt-constructed boots and on most boots that have a “unit sole”, i.e., glued on, construction.
- For welt-constructed hiking boots, we remove the entire sole and replacing it with the exact Vibram replacement sole or something close to the original.
- For unit sole hikers made with a full-length lasting board, we remove the entire sole and replace it with the Vibram Bifida replacement sole.
- For lighter-weight hikers (no welt, no full-length lasting board), we resole using an “over the top” method. That is, we grind off the worn portion of the sole and replace it with Vibram rubber.