ENGINEER BOOT REPAIR
Christian approached me while I was still in Afghanistan looking for a reputable cobler to resole his Carolina Engineer Boots. Naturally, I mentioned Takeshi Okuyma, but as we all know he isn’t always the right choice due to location or else we’d all have boots refashioned by him. Sometimes finding a local cobler and uncovering his/her talent is just as good. Plus, in this case, it helps out others looking for a local cobler with a reputation for quality work.
Christian has owned his Carolina’s now for over six years and found himself having to succomb to his “Fred Flintsone breaks” on numerous occasions while riding his vintage bike with suspect breaks. Since the boots were nicely molded to fit just right, the only reasonable thing to do was have them resoled. Enter Ben at Champion Shoe Repair located in Pampano Beach, Florida.
Ben reassured Christian that as a shoe-builder, not just a shoe repair guy, he’d be able to replicate the soles in the photos taken from my blog.
Here’s Christian’s feedback of Ben and his work – “Very nice guy, and a motorcyclist, he seemed concerned about having the leather soles and possibly slipping and dropping my bike, but the first thing I did was hop on my bike and no trouble at all with the sole. Sliding around in my kitchen is a different story. He charged me $225 for the works and he took 2 weeks – exactly what he quoted me. He even asked me to come to the shop and see the heel to make sure the height was correct before he put the rubber cap on. He wanted to make sure I was happy with the work. He lamented the fact that there are so few cobblers around, and hard to find work building shoes because he is a shoe maker, not just a shoe repair guy. So he told me if I ever wanted a shoe or boot built from scratch, come see him.”
If you are in need of a cobler and live in an area without such resources, you may want to contact this shop.