The outside layer of one of my Salomon hiking shoes got unstitched on one side and I would like to get it fixed. Do you know any shoe fixer in Seattle I can take it to?
I can't recommend anyone specifically but just want to point something out. If these shoes have a waterproofing layer like Gore-Tex, then restitching them will pierce the membrane. That will reduce their waterproofness, perhaps by a lot depending on where the stitching is located.
Ans they will be perfectly fine shoes. My experience with goretex linings is that they are unnecessary. i wore through the goretex linings on a pair of Vasques, often walking through wet grass and the interior of the boot was dry as ever. What really worked was keeping the exterior leather waterproofed - SnoSeal!!
I agree that Gore-tex et al is over-hyped for use in shoes. The membrane does tend to break down from the constant flexing.
I had a pair of hiking boots restitched and then noticed water seepage from that area so I was just setting expectations. I suppose I could have applied some sort of waterproofing like SnoSeal around that area. The stitching was on leather boots. I wonder how effective that would be on artificial materials.
Hi @blaver - Thanks for reaching out!
For boot and shoe repair, we suggest Dave Page, an independent cobbler in Seattle. The store's information is as follows:
Dave Page, Cobbler
3509 Evanston Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Call: (800) 252-1229 or (206) 632-8686
Hopefully this helps!