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lastinglovehandles t1_j9zi49d wrote

I don’t think so. These are the type you pass along to your kids. Checkout r/restoration


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja9pcd4 wrote

Unfortunately, they seem to be done for 😔 see my update with a reply from Red Wing.


Yars107 t1_j9zpyr0 wrote

Send them back to red wing! They will change the panels that need to be changed and resole them. Go on their website and search for the repair program. It’s worth it!


thedudefromsweden OP t1_j9zqopu wrote

Even from Sweden? It's gonna be very expensive to send them to the states 😔 they used to have an authorized shop here in Gothenburg but not any longer...


gsjanbevsb t1_ja05ksi wrote

They look perfect to me. Just the wray the leather warps to people's feet. I often busy hand made English shoes on ebay seconds hand in this condition. After about 10 hours they warp to my feet and fit like a glove.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja064gt wrote

They are not comfortable any longer, they are skewed outwards. I think I waited too long to re-sole them.


gsjanbevsb t1_ja085su wrote

Maybe. Are the laces tightened enough? Are your feet rubbing? Or is it the insole? In which case maybe a resole would fix that. I like my shoes to be a nice tight fit, and sometimes the laces stretch/leather stretches so a good tug never hurts.


boxelder1230 t1_ja06fi5 wrote

I can’t see anything wrong with them unless soles are worn, in which case they can be resoled


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja09qs3 wrote

They are skewed outwards which makes them uncomfortable. I wear on the outside of the sole and I probably waited too long with re-soling so the leather is shaped that way now. Look at the picture from behind.


boxelder1230 t1_ja0avr9 wrote

I’d take advice of the guy that said contact the redwing people. I’m a bit unsure what you’re saying, I see only one photo of the toe side. I know people have resolved 5-6 times.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja0bmv6 wrote

Look at this picture from behind:

See how the entire shoe, especially the left one, is leaning outwards? The soles were worn on the outside before I re-soled them and the leather stayed in that shape even after re-soling. I wonder if that can be fixed. But yes maybe contacting Red Wing is the way to go. I hope I don't have to ship them to the US since that will probably cost a lot..


boxelder1230 t1_ja0l7mm wrote

If you have a local shoe repair shop, I’d take them in and ask. My guess is that they can fix that. I’d email redwing and just ask about prices, or better yet email and send your photos? Regardless, best of luck, and hopefully you will get years of wear still.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja0lk4a wrote

Just emailed red wing and asked for advice 😊 since I'm in Sweden, sending them to the US is not a good option. Hoping there is someone in Sweden who can have a go at them. Thanks!


boxelder1230 t1_ja0mrgs wrote

Sorry, I missed that you’re in Sweden. Yeah, that isn’t an option.


scarybiscuits t1_ja4ae2p wrote

I don’t have advice on fixing the stretched leather but in future, you can buy wedges that fit under the heel of your insole to correct supination (when heel rolls to the outside). Recommend you do this now as eventually you will have problems with your gait.


Dead_Hours t1_ja31vaw wrote

Not even close! Saddle soap and some leather conditioner.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja35d50 wrote

Main problem is not the leather but the shape, see my other comments with pictures!


just-kath t1_ja34cc1 wrote

What they are is on the counter, with nothing under them, which is not where I keep boots.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja35ge0 wrote

Kind of disgusting, agree, but it was the best lighting for the picture 😊


waggletons t1_ja51td3 wrote

You could probably get somebody to relast them


Ok-Satisfaction330 t1_ja5uk5u wrote

Clean them well with saddle soap or something similar. Then use shoe cream to moisturize. A resole, if needed, can be done by any reputable cobbler. If they find the welt is worn out, the cobble could replace prior to resole.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja715ak wrote

The problem is the shape, look at the pic from behind in another comment. Do you think that can be fixed?


slowfashconnoisseur t1_ja7j19z wrote

I think a lot of people said it earlier but these are just at the beginning of their journey. The reason we invest more in high quality footwear is that most cobblers can put a new sole on them and with the right conditioning, that leather will bounce back to life in no time!


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja7ycuj wrote

I should have been clearer in the description... The sole and the leather is not the problem. The problem is that the shape of the shoe has changed due to uneven wear on the soles. I've already had them resoled several times. Look at the picture from behind and front in my other comments.


thedudefromsweden OP t1_ja9p5rg wrote


I received a reply from Red Wing:

> Thank you for reaching out to us at Red Wing Shoe. I wish I had better news for you. Unfortunately due to your gait, and how the leather has formed around your foot, there is not much else that can be done for these boots.

> You could try to find some very thin insoles for extra comfort but this may cause heel slippage which could be more uncomfortable.


Lesson learned: don't wait too long with re-soling if you have a weird gait like me.


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thedudefromsweden OP t1_j9zh199 wrote

Had these boots for maybe 10 years. Re-soled them several times but maybe too late? They are kind of "skewed" towards the sides, see this picture. It's most prominent on the left. The leather is also cracked in some places, although the biggest issue is that they are skewed. Can anything be done about this? They are very uncomfortable currently. Shame, I've loved them.

Edit: I have greased them regularly, at least once/year. Too seldom?


kastabortettkonto t1_j9zkthp wrote

Yes, grease once a month :)


thedudefromsweden OP t1_j9zkzbp wrote

Really? They require that much maintenance?


kastabortettkonto t1_j9zl8rn wrote

Just a general advice for leather, not specific to red wings. Of course, it depends on how you use them. It's not that much, just grease em up, can't take much more than a couple minutes!