Men’s Shoes

Repairs & Alterations

Servicing classic dress shoes to fine leather and hardwearing boots. We repair heels, stitch seams, patch tears, craft new insoles and boot elastics, resize shoes, adjust straps, add protective soles and completely replace soles with Italian leather or Vibram rubber. We also specialise in colour refinishing, restorative cleaning, nourishing and shoe dyeing.

Men’s Shoes

Toe plates are arch shaped pieces of metal that are used to protect the toe portions of leather soles. The toe regions of leather soles are highly prone to wearing in and toe plates provide a preventative solution, which may used as a substitute for or in tandem with protective soles. The soles are lightly sanded and the steel plates are sunk into the leather with screws. This method allows for the plates to remain flush with the soles.

The front-portions of leather soles are highly prone to wear. Leather toe pieces are often used as an alternative to protective soles to restore the worn areas. A section of leather is measured and handcrafted to fit the toe-portions of the soles. The leather is lightly sanded, an adhesive is applied and the new toe shaped leather pieces are attached. The soles are then smoothed and professionally finished with an edge dressing.

Protective soles are rubber layers affixed to the front-half of leather soles. The purpose of the rubber is to provide slip resistance, water tightness and preserve the leather. A suitable style of colour-matched Vibram rubber is selected and handcrafted to the profile of the leather soles. The leather is lightly sanded, an adhesive is applied and the rubber is attached. The soles are then smoothed, and professionally finished with an edge dressing. If the soles have been worn in, they need to be built up with leather before protective soles can be applied. View Sole Protection Varieties

Refers to shoes made with leather soles. A service is available to replace the soles with new half or full leather soles. A section of Italian leather is selected and handcrafted to match the profile of the original leather soles. The shoe cavities are opened and if required the welt is reinforced. An adhesive is applied and the new leather soles are attached to the uppers. The soles are then smoothed, waxed and professionally finished with an edge dressing.

Refers to shoes or boots made with flat rubber soles that serve as both the sole and heel. A service is available to replace the rubber soles with either flat rubber or pre-moulded sole units. A section of colour-matched Vibram rubber is selected and crafted to match the profile of the original soles. The rubber is lightly sanded and an adhesive is applied. The rubber is then attached to the uppers, the new soles are trimmed and smoothed. For pre-moulded soles such as hiking boots, matching or similar sole units may need to be sourced from our suppliers.

Heels are commonly made up of a layer of rubber attached to a heel block. When the heels show signs of wear, the rubber needs to be replaced. A section of colour-matched rubber is measured and cut to the dimensions of the original heels. An adhesive is applied and the rubber is attached to the heel blocks. The new heels are smoothed and professionally finished with a stain. If the heel blocks have also been worn in, they need to be built up with leather before the rubber can be applied.

Heels that show signs of instability or wobbliness need to be re-attached. The unstable heel is temporarily removed. The base of the shoe is lightly sanded and an adhesive is applied. The heel is re-aligned for balance and attached back to the upper.

The heel block is often made of stacked layers of material or leather covered with veneer. A badly damaged or worn heel block may require a complete reconstruction. Multiple layers of leather or material are selected and attached together to replicate the original heel unit. A decorative layer of veneer is then applied to the newly made heel block, which is attached back to the upper. The veneer is then finished with a custom matched stain before the rubber top piece is applied to the new heel unit.

A severely worn or deteriorated strap may require replacement. A section of leather measured and handcrafted to match the profile of the original strap. A piece of material is positioned between the leather for support, the edges are scythed and stitched together. The newly crafted strap is refinished with colour matched dye before being attached back to the shoe.

The leather inserts fixed to the base of shoes. Insoles are susceptible to deterioration over time and may require replacement. A section of colour matched leather and foam are measured and handcrafted to the profile of the original insoles. The foam acts as the cushion for the insoles while the leather is used as the covering. The newly crafted insoles are often refinished with a custom matched dye before being reattached to the base of the shoes.

Worn, stretched or damaged elastics may require replacement. Types of elastics may include straps, leather covered or slingback elastics and the elastics used for boot gussets. A section of matching elastic is measured and handcrafted to the profile of the original material. The new elastic is then re-stitched from the inside of the shoe.

The layer of leather that spans the inside of shoes. Linings are prone to deterioration over time and may require replacement. The back lining is particularly prone to wear and may be easily replaced with matching leather. Replacing the entire lining is more complex and involves deconstructing the shoe so the new leather may be applied to the inner areas. The new leather lining is then glued and stitched from the inside of the shoe.

Leather is a flexible material and can often be stretched or altered by hand. Mechanised equipment is used to stretch the width of shoes up to half a size larger. Alternatively, the shoes can be altered by hand to achieve a custom size. This may involve "letting out" the shoe from the upper or custom crafting thicker insoles for a tighter fit.

Boot calves can be adjusted to fit comfortably. The calves are altered by hand to achieve a custom size.A fitting is conducted to find the ideal circumference of the leather. The seam on the back of the boots is opened and excess leather is either taken away or the calves are widened by adding matching leather. Alternatively, zips or elastics can be added to the calves for a wider fit.

The strap is altered by hand to achieve a custom length.A fitting is conducted find the ideal length of the strap. Excess leather is either taken away or the strap is lengthened with matching leather. The adjusted strap is then carefully re-attached to it's original position.

A general clean, nourish and thorough polishing up for leather shoes. The shoe are cleaned of grime before colour-matched Saphir Medaille D'or polish and wax are applied to buff out minor scuffs, scratches and imperfections. An all purpose conditioner is used to restore essential oils and nutrients.

Various techniques are used for stitching loose seams within leather. These include machine stitching, hand stitching and stitching from inside the leather. Our industrial-grade stitching machines are used for straight seams. Hand stitching is often used for thicker leathers. Stitching from the inside the leather may be required for certain finishes. Our wide selection of threads allows for custom matching of thickness and colour.

A layer of supporting leather is used to patch any tears or holes in between the sole and upper of the shoe. A section of leather of is measured and handcrafted to match the size of the worn area. The new leather layer is then used to reinforce the shoe from the inside.

Replacing the zip provides the most effective solution to any zip-related issues. A new zip is selected that matches the profile of the original. The zip is fitted and stitched from the inside. Providing the slider is not damaged, it may be re-inserted onto the new track.

Damaged or lost hardware is replaced with high quality gold, silver or bronze metallic pieces. The new hardware is selected to match the design of the shoes. Examples may include eyelets, buckles and studs. In some cases, the hardware is sourced from our trusted suppliers.

Our craftsmen attend to a variety of repairs and fixes that do not fit neatly into other categories. Examples may include reattaching hardware, fixing zips, locks and small pins, runners and re-glueing leather, fur or material with specialised adhesives. We re-weld broken hardware and frames. Re-annodise scratched or discoloured metallic trimmings and hardware.

Cleaning, Refinishing & Dyeing

In addition to repairs and alterations, our specialists can perform leather restoration services.

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Shop 50 Royal Arcade,
150 Elizabeth St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000.

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