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May 21, 2012
Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had much experience with resoling? I have two pairs of Sportiva Miura's that are due for replacement but with the cost around $170 and a tight budget (all going towards gear on the shinier end of the spectrum) I don't know if I can take the plunge. I live NYC and was thinking about sending the more worn pair to the Cobbler & Cordwainer in New Rochelle. The website hasn't been updated in a while and I don't want my shoes to simply disappear - has anyone used this guy? Did you like his (or her) work? If I get a chance and I send them in, I will send before and after pics for reference....
Trevor Smith
Joined Oct 14, 2011
27 points
May 21, 2012
If you are planning on shipping them anyway I would suggest using Rock & Resole here in Boulder, CO. They are very competitively priced and the turnaround time is quite fast. I know a few out of staters that used to live within driving distance of other resole shops but would still ship their shoes to Rock & Resole.

Sorry that doesnt answer your original question, but if you are unsure of your place's legitimacy you cant go wrong with a shop with an already established reputation.
Bill C.
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2008
104 points
May 21, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Top half of Melifluous
Resolve them, you'll thank yourself in the long run. Send them to Rock and Resole. Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
999 points
May 21, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
Another vote for R&R. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,216 points
May 21, 2012
Resole your shoes. So much cheaper, and Rock and Resole does an awesome job cheaply and quickly. though if you live in NYC i would ask around and try to find a closer place. Matt.H
Joined Apr 11, 2011
203 points
May 21, 2012
I've used Cobbler & Cordwainer twice to resole my miura vs. He has done a good job both times maintaining fit, and the first resole he did lasted about 9 months. However, the most recent time I sent them out to him I didn't see them again for almost 5 weeks after being assured they would be done in two. It could have been a one time occurrence though since the first time he was quick. I will probably send my shoes elsewhere next time. doublediamond100
From Thousand Oaks, CA
Joined Apr 29, 2011
1 points
May 21, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Mean Green P2
Yosemite Bum in California did a nice job for me (they use Evolv rubber). Resoling used to be a viable alternative to buying new shoes. Now it seems absolutely vital with the latest increase in shoe prices. jack s.
From Kamloops, BC
Joined Jan 11, 2011
12 points
May 21, 2012
I have used Rubber Room in Bishop for years and love their work. They have a number of different kinds of rubber to resole with so you can choose what you want on your shoes. harpo-the-climber
Joined Nov 2, 2010
280 points
May 21, 2012
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Another vote for Rock & Resole, they really do an incredible job. And, after all the work of breaking in your shoes, even if they weren't $170, it'd be a shame to toss 'em. I've done two pairs this month and both were returned within one week. Bryan Gilmore
From New England
Joined Nov 7, 2005
1,192 points
May 22, 2012
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I've used RnR many times. Great work and decent turn around time. Ben Panter
From Little-fun, CO
Joined Mar 2, 2006
83 points
May 22, 2012
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If they're a size 45, they're not worth resoling. I'll take them off your hands, though, and recycle them properly. Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
378 points
May 22, 2012
Rock and resole does the best resoles for the cheapest price. I just got back my Muira's and they are PERFECT Nick Sullens
From Mt Shasta
Joined Jun 9, 2009
1,010 points
May 22, 2012
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Another satisfied customer of Rock and Resole here.

You may not want to wait too long before you send your shoes in for resoling. If they are too worn, they will have to replace the toe cap. Aside from the extra cost, that is likely to change the fit.
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 2, 2006
77 points
May 22, 2012
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Support (somewhat) local resolers!!! I got three pairs resoled at and he did a great job. Alicia Sokolowski
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined Aug 11, 2010
456 points
May 22, 2012
I used to use Cobbler&Cordwainer when I was closer to them (long ago, no issues then). My last 4 resoles have been by Mark Meschinelli at the Plattsburgh Shoe Hospital, and I've been pleased. Latro
Joined Mar 15, 2012
0 points
May 22, 2012
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R&R is pretty good and fast turnaround times.

Honestly I don't think a resole is ever going to be as good as the original, BUT hell yeah it's better to plunk $50 down instead of $170. Think about it this way...3 resoles = 1 pair of new shoes.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
1,377 points
May 22, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: First trad lead.
I've used Yosemite Bum, Rock and Resole and most recently the Rubber Room in Bishop. All three did a good job and saved me a ton of money by keeping me from unnecessarily buying new shoes. I liked the rubber room because they have good rubber choices and so far it seems like they did good work. Not to bash Rock and Resole, but fast turnaround is not always a good thing. It's too bad how much la sportiva's (and climbing shoes in general) are becoming. It seems pretty ridiculous. Hopefully enough people getting resoles will drive prices down (wishful thinking).

Oh yeah, and I agree with Scott, a resole doesn't beat a new shoe, but for a third of the price it's the way to go.
Chris I
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Nov 4, 2007
118 points
May 22, 2012
for miuras they start off as sport shoes .. and after the resole, which usually stretches them 1/4-1/2 a size they become trad shoes ... bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
3,068 points
May 22, 2012
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Resole! Dont use Rubber Room! I recently had a pair of shoes resoled there, and the wait time was insane! Then I had nothing but problems getting a hold of someone at the company to talk to. They do good work but lack a professional ethic. Hmann2
Joined Mar 10, 2011
33 points
May 22, 2012
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anyone have recommendations for resolers that have a good selection of wide lasts? I have pretty wide feet, and rock and resole did a pretty good job last time, but wondering if other places are superior? Was thinking about trying Komito in estes park... mt.wilson
From Denver
Joined Jun 8, 2009
105 points
May 23, 2012
Thanks everyone! I think I will send one pair to Plattsburgh and one to New Rochelle - will post results and reviews. As soon as my trad pair goes, I will check out the CO place to cover the range of reviews. Trevor Smith
Joined Oct 14, 2011
27 points
Feb 1, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Sent to Plattsburgh - Left Shoe
Sent to Plattsburgh - Left Shoe

Rock Climbing Photo: Also Sent to Plattsburgh - Right Toe
Also Sent to Plattsburgh - Right Toe

Will post after pictures once I get them back.
Trevor Smith
Joined Oct 14, 2011
27 points
Feb 1, 2013
If those spots in the photos are the only problem areas, I wouldn't bother getting them resoled. Put a little Freesole on those spots and you're good to go.

If you have holes on the bottoms (soles), that's a different story. But little holes in the rand area can be touched up with Freesole.
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
284 points
Feb 1, 2013
i would say those miuras are ready for a resole ... looks like the rubber on the big toe is wearing down pretty think ...

i much prefer to have them resoled before they get too bad

note that IMO the resoling is only really worth it the first time around ... by the 2nd+ time it the fit tends to stretch more and become sloppy ... and for miuras all the accumulated sweat and grime make the shoe a bit funkay at that point ;)
Joined Mar 1, 2009
3,068 points
Feb 19, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: The Plattsburgh Fix.
The Plattsburgh Fix.

Rock Climbing Photo: Left Bottom
Left Bottom

Rock Climbing Photo: Right Bottom
Right Bottom

I haven't climbed in them yet but they seem to be done pretty well. Total was $61 with shipping and toe replacement. The customer service has been very good and the worksmanship appears to be good - I will give a final verdict after they have been climbed a bit. Not sure if this will get designated as an outdoor pair or an indoor pair - guess that will depend on the fit and how well the rubber holds together.
Trevor Smith
Joined Oct 14, 2011
27 points
Feb 23, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: ...
"and after the resole, which usually stretches them 1/4-1/2 a size they become trad shoes" ...

Please explain WHY the shoes "STRETCH" again?

From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
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