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Jade Taylor-Salazar

What kind of sole is this...?

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I bought a pair of £170 leather riding boots in October - (https://www.gaborshoes.co.uk/womens-c1/boots-c3/knee-high-boots-c101/gabor-karma-m-womens-long-boots-p36897) thought they had a stitched sole that would last a long time and could be replaced. After two months, the sole has started to come away from the leather upper and I am now wondering if they are a glued sole? Any idea what kind of sole this is? Do stitched soles also get glued? They definitely have stitching around the edge of the sole upper... 

Can soles like this even be replaced? If so, is it worth it? Or will it just come unstuck again? I will be returning them to the store to see if I can get a refund as two month's wear from a £170 boot is unacceptable. Currently dismaying at how impossible it seems to be to find good quality ladies boots. My plan was to splurge on a god quality pair,and then have them resoled as and when required. 

Any help much appreciated. 

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The picture of the sole isn't clear enough to tell but i'd image the boots have an artificial welt to make you think they are stitched but probably just glued on. Even if you have stitching on the bottom of the sole doesn't necessarily mean they are stitched on. Manufacturers just stitch around the sole to make it look like it's stitched on then just stuck on.

Very few manufacturers use good quality materials on the soles and heels. Your best bet is to take them to a good independent cobbler and ask their advice. They can be replaced and if fixed on correctly should not come away again but if you want properly stitched on soles then try and get a refund (good luck with that!) and try and find some goodyear welted boots but be prepared to spend probably double than the £170 these cost you.

 

Hope this helps. 

 

 

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