Who does decent resoles these days?



  • My daughter's climbing shoes are in desperate need of resoling. Any recommendation on cobblers and preferable with a fast turnaround?



  • @Paul-Hail

    I used to resole my shoes bitd and can offer some guidance if DIY is an option. Did quite a few over the years. It's an acquired skill that gets better with practice. Your first efforts should be climbable if you're a bit handy and good at following directions. That is about the quickest turn around you can get provided 1) resole rubber is available, and 2) the rands are not trashed. Also lots more cost effective than new shoes 😜



  • I've done a few resoles myself, and wasn't overly happy with the results. And she has let them go to the point that there are holes in the rands from her toes.

    I had locker resole my favorite old scarpa boots a few years back and he did a great job. Not sure if he's still resoling or not. Thought I'd check to see if there was anyone else out there.

    The key is to have a few pairs of shoes so you're not waiting for your only pair to get resoled.



  • Fast turnaround could be the killer here... it takes time and it's the busy season. Locker is out, but Progressive Resoles is still doing it in JT. The Rubber Room in Bishop still gets a good name. There are legions of resolers these days, and if any were doing a bad job, I'm sure the internet would have their heads on poles by now.

    Best bet might be to just email about 10 of them and ask about turnaround. Another thing to maybe consider is since 5.10 was absorbed by Adidas, Stealth Rubber might be real hard to find. If your daughter is super particular, this could be the deciding factor even over quick turnaround.

    Try this link for a short list:
    http://www.climbingshoebeta.com/climbing-shoe-resole/



  • @Paul-Hail said in Who does decent resoles these days?:

    I've done a few resoles myself, and wasn't overly happy with the results. And she has let them go to the point that there are holes in the rands from her toes.

    In which case I'd advise buy new. At least last I was involved w/such the cost difference 'twixt resole and a rerand was a good 80% the cost of new. We didn't pay $200 a pair in those days though so, wtf do I know...

    I had locker resole my favorite old scarpa boots a few years back and he did a great job. Not sure if he's still resoling or not. Thought I'd check to see if there was anyone else out there.

    I think he may be in the lurking here?

    The key is to have a few pairs of shoes so you're not waiting for your only pair to get resoled.

    Indubitably. Employ the tried and true for warm up routes and reserve the new fer'...... whoo, hoo!!

    Oh, yeah: did you do full length or just mid-arch forward on the ones you did? I prefer to leave as much "factory" as possible, especially fer' heel hooking and such.

    Good luck!

    Edit: @RussWalling ah, good catch. I forgot about the Adidas deal. How are their shoes post sell out?



  • @toby said in Who does decent resoles these days?:

    Edit: @RussWalling ah, good catch. I forgot about the Adidas deal. How are their shoes post sell out?

    Depends I guess... I'm still using them and find them to be a good product. Other high end guys who really think they can tell the difference might have a different opinion.



  • When did the Adidas deal go down!? I'm one of those people who get a new pair of B. Ballets and almost immediately have them resoled with 5.10 Stealth.

    From my experiences, Dave Page in Seattle has always done really good work, but I go into the shop and am not in a hurry. One person that I know had had a pair come back fitting wonky, but I swear by him.



  • 2011
    https://www.adidas-group.com/en/media/news-archive/press-releases/2011/adidas-group-acquire-outdoor-specialist-five-ten/

    I have a place in Redlands and Charles Cole lived just a few blocks away. Sad day when he died.



  • Barry's Resoles (in Auberry) did a great job on my Moccasyms. Only downside was the wait time- he tends to be pretty backed up, but he was forthcoming about that at the start, and they were completed pretty much when he said they'd be done.

    559.855.4511
    barrydchambers (at) geeeeee mail



  • Hey Folks! I would like to move this thread to Gearhead Mind Hive category since it is ... about gear. I suspect finding good climbing shoe resole recommendations is pretty topical. Any objections?



  • Had Tahoe Gripworks resole a couple pair of Moccasyms.

    Turnaround was about half of what they said on the webpage. Probably would've had them sooner, had I not been in the backcountry for a couple days and away from email.

    The shoes climb great. $40 per pair, half-resole



  • Paying $60+ for a resole is too much. I stopped doing it about two years ago. I just buy new shoes and donate the old ones. That way I also get to test different brands.

    But I don't climb that much, so I use three pairs a year, max.


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