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My first pair of leather soled shoes has begun to develop a hole at the ball of my right foot. I was wondering if it would be worth while to have them resoled or if I should just start shopping. Forgive me for not knowing the terminology but these are not the type of sole that show the stiching, they have a flat surface all the way across - I take it this means they are glued. I don't know if that effects the repair.
 

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If they're glued, they can be resoled by a good cobbler, but I don't know that they're worth it. That's up to you. Where I live, my (very good) cobbler charges $50 for full soles and heels on welted shoes; that includes a hidden chanel.
 

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My first pair of leather soled shoes has begun to develop a hole at the ball of my right foot. I was wondering if it would be worth while to have them resoled or if I should just start shopping. Forgive me for not knowing the terminology but these are not the type of sole that show the stiching, they have a flat surface all the way across - I take it this means they are glued. I don't know if that effects the repair.
A lack of visible stitching doesn't necessarily mean that they're glued soles, but if they're cheaper shoes they probably are.

These probably aren't worth resoling.

Shoes constructed with Goodyear welts--which sometimes but not always have a row of visible stitches around the sole--can readily be resoled. The Church's shoe shop in DC charges $75 for the service, which is not done on the premises. The DC Alden Shop on K Street charges $125 for Alden's "restoration" service which involves resoling and other repairs/refurbishments as needed, all done at the Alden factory in New England.

These kinds of charges are reasonable when you're talking about giving new life to shoes that cost over $250 (and sometimes a good deal more) when new.

If you're committed for whatever reason to less expensive, nondescript shoes like the kind you can find at Marshall's or Syms (this is not a knock, BTW), I'd recommend just tossing them as they wear down and buying new ones.
 
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