Resoling and spares
Q My boots are getting worn down at the heel and the lugs on the Vibram soles are getting a bit shallow. The boots are otherwise perfect – can I get them resoled? Colin Owen, via email
Graham says Better-quality boots can generally be resoled if the upper is in good condition. Lancashire Sports Repairs (www. lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk) have been resoling walking boots for many years at around £50 to £70 a pair, so this is a good option if you have a quality boot that may cost around £150 or more to replace. However, if you are able to find a pair of boots in a sale then that may be a cheaper means of keeping grip on the hill. If the boot upper is not in good condition, though, it may not be possible to repair the boot or may not be cost effective as the upper may soon fall apart anyway.
Other companies that offer boot resoling include Cheshire Shoe Repairs at www.cheshireshoe.co.uk, The Boot Repair Company at www.bootrepaircompany.co.uk, Feet First at www.resoles.co.uk and Dickinson Shoe Services at www.dickinsonshoeservice.co.uk. Also, all Altberg boots can be resoled at their factory in Richmond as detailed on their website (www.altberg.co.uk/fitting/boot-resoling).