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In praise (again) of bootmakers

I posted this on another forum a couple of years ago:

I have learnt the hard way that buying cheap gear is a waste of time.
Quality gear costs and lasts, but sometimes needs repair or alteration.
I'm lucky enough to have an old school bootmaker within riding distance.
I rarely take a pair of shoes to him but he is always happy to repair/alter my riding gear.
Some of the jobs he has done for me are -
1) re-attached the gortex innner lining to the leather outer of my gloves.
2) resoled my favourite riding shoes.
3) re- attached the velcro strips on my jacket
4) replaced the elastic straps on a tankbag.
5) re-attached elastic straps to my Airhawk seat.
6) sewn felt pads onto the bottom of a large nylon cylinder bag so it wouldn't damage the paintwork on my system cases.


I was reminded of it when I went to my local bootmaker today to pick up one pair of repaired (favourite) riding shoes and drop off another.
This time I asked him to sew a leather & velcro strap across the top of of the shoe where I tie the laces off, to prevent the bow getting caught around the brake or gear lever when I stop.
The loops of the bow will now be out of harms way under the strap.
I've had a couple of close calls when pulling up at red lights only to find I couldn't get my foot down to balance the bike because the laces had caught around the brake/gear lever.
Here's to cobblers!

Ian

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Re: In praise (again) of bootmakers

Good fix. I never ride with any shoes/boots with laces for that reason. I have even flipped my reverse knob upside down as have others to keep the pants leg from catching over it causing the same issue of not being able to get your foot to the ground when stopping. The LT likes to nap too much all by itself and doesn't need any help like that

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Prefer the fit and comfort of lace-up boots myself. Tried velcro to keep the laces in place but kept losing the velcro straps so now I just buy the laces a little long and stuff them down inside the tongue. Haven't come out yet but I do like the idea of getting a velcro loop sewn in.

When you get it done, can you post a couple of pictures? I might have this done to my new pair.

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When you get it done, can you post a couple of pictures?
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Re: In praise (again) of bootmakers

I like the big velcro flap system that is on my BMW touring boots. It just works. It is fast and easy to put on and take off the boots.

The boots have an inner liner that folds in behind a full length zipper. The zipper pull has a double-sided velcro flap that gets pinched behind the larger velcro flap. Zip, pinch, seal, done.

The boots are comfortable and provide good protection. They have Gore-Tex liners and start out waterproof. The waterproofing needs to be maintained with Nikwax or the equivalent.
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