Friday, June 18, 2010

Re-soled the Red Wing way...

I grew up in somewhat of a small town/country type of area southeast of San Antonio called China Grove. There was a small boot and shoe repair shop a few miles from our house called South Texas Prime. My pops would always take his cowboy boots and Floresheim's there for re-soleing and an occasional polishing. For the most part, my father did his own polishing. He would make an evening of it sometimes and knock 4 or 5 pairs out at a time. My mom would even take her heals to have them repaired at the shop. The smell still lingers in mind when I think about it. The owner, Errol Shipler, still owns and operates his shop in China Grove, he is the quintessential ol'thyme boot and shoe repair man. Everything from his demeanor to his weathered and stained apron represented that idea. The most "up to date" piece of equipment he had in his store was his cash register. All his machines and tools were pieces made in the early 1900s and he made and repaired boots and shoes the way they should be.

I myself have had a few pairs of wingtips re-soled and polished by him, and now, though my parents have moved away and I live on the other side of town, I will continue to make the drive when ever I needed to his shop. Recently, I bought my self a pair of Eastland Peanut Lumber Ups. The Lumber Ups are very similar to the Red Wing oiltan 875s OR 1907 with the crepe sole. Pics will come soon.... but upon research I found this article on re-soling a pair of Red Wing Pecos boots. Reminded me of my childhood and Shipler's shop and thought it was post worthy...

Enjoy!!!

Re-soled the Red Wing way...

The pics below from Dave Hill, Red Wing’s Design Director, shows you the re-soling process of a pair of Red Wing Pecos boots.


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