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Western Boots
Shoe Savers: Saving Soles for Three Generations


In order to gain more insight as to our procedures, let us take you through the steps involved in resoling western boots:
Western Boot Repair from Shoe Savers
Sockliners are removed.
Toplifts are removed.
Heel bases are removed with hand tools so as not to damage the shanks. All old nails are removed at this point.
Out soles are carefully removed from the upper.
Old stitches are completely removed from the insoles or welts. Welts, insoles, and insole ribbing are replaced if necessary. Old welt stitches are removed prior to replacement.
Upper is roughened for proper adhesion.
 Filler is replaced where applicable.
New soles of the proper thickness are applied.
Soles are channeled by machine for proper depth and edge adjustment  and then restitched. White or dark stitches are used appropriately.
Shanks are pegged by hand using lemonwood pegs on boots such as Lucchese and other handmades whose shanks were originally pegged. On others, shanks are nailed using only brass nails.
 Heel seats are nailed by hand not machine using only brass nails
Soles are retrimmed for smoothness.
Shanks are hand rolled and sanded for proper shape
Heel bases and toplifts are replaced and sanded three times for proper angles and a glasslike finish.
After edge finishing, soles are sanded twice before finishing.
Soles are hand waxed with a neutral wax – no artificial stains or colors are used. If appropriate, soles can also be finished in black or brown to match original factory color as in Lucchese boots and the like.
Boots are completely shined by hand and the sock liners are then put back into the shoe or replaced if necessary.
Click here to see examples of our Western Boot Repair
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