How Much Does it Cost to Resole Work Boots?

Getting up in the morning just to find out that your favorite boots have started showing wear and tear can be exasperating. You know your boots are already past their prime but you just don’t feel like putting them back.

How Much Does it Cost to Resole Work BootsAre you in a quandary thinking that repairing your boots would cost as much as buying a new boot?

Well, then we have some good news for you. Your treasured work boots can be resoled in less than half of what your new boots will cost.

The average resole cost can range somewhere between $80 to $150, it generally tends to increase or decrease keeping a few parameters in mind. For instance, hiking boots with no rubber will cost you less in comparison to tall hunting boots which come with rubber rands. Not just this, some of the boots are easy to resole but at the same time can also be rebuilt or can be re-stitched which can be more pricey. And in the end comes the cobbler’s fee for additional services like new laces, footbeds and reconditioning of boots, if required.

The actual cost of resoling can and does vary depending on cobbler, the type of your boot and the service that it demands.

Clear all your doubts through our article in which we’ll be giving you information about resoling your favorite boots, including the price of the same. You will also get to know about the right time to resole your boots and when you should replace them.

When is the Right Time to Resole your Boots?

Resoling your boots becomes crucial after a point of time. Although there is no such rule about the frequency or how frequently your boots must be resoled, here are five signs which tell that it’s time to do so.

1.) If there is a hole in the sole which means the outsole, which is in contact with the ground is damaged and has reached the interior which could definitely put your foot in trouble.

2.) Wearing an uneven sole is something to watch out for. If left untreated then it could definitely be troublesome for ankles and calves in the long run. This demands resole.

3.) Splitting of soles: If the upper of your boot has started detaching from your midsole then it’s time for a resole. When something like this happens, your boots automatically become unwearable affecting your movement.

4.) Damage due to water and moisture: Your rubber soles might remain unaffected but your leather soles are very susceptible to water damage. This might harm the overall performance of your boots and might also invite serious injuries to your foot.

5.) When the leather starts to thin and when the pavement suddenly feels a whole lot closer to your toes then just take it as a sign which you should not avoid otherwise the next step is a hole in your sole which can be a serious bummer.

What boots can be resoled?

Taking into consideration which shoes require resoling and which don’t is quite important. You might think that invisible soles are glued but that is not always true.

In such a case scenario you can think of resoling but if you purchase cheaper boots chances are that they might have glued soles and trust me they are not worth resoling.

Boots that are constructed using Goodyear welts which have got a row of visible stitches around the sole are just great for resoling and can be readily resoled. 

RED WING 9106 Resole #49

What is the Actual Cost of Resoling?

If your boots have started showing any of the above mentioned signs then it’s high time that you resole them immediately. But at what cost? This is a very common question that comes to mind for every other individual. Let me tell you something. There are two important factors which greatly affect the cost of resoling.

First is the place where you are getting your job done. If you are living in cities like New York or LA it is pretty sure that repairing your soles will cost you more than small towns. However, if your soles have holes in them then it might cost you a bit more.

Second thing to be kept in mind is the quality of sole that needs to be resolved i.e leather, rubber or foam soles. You also need to consider whether you need to reconstruct half sole or full sole. Resoling of half sole will cost you around $25 to $55 while the same process when applied on full sole will cost you around $35 to $70.

Sometimes only resoling is not sufficient to enhance your boots, you might also need to replace the heel which can’t be fixed once it is detached from the boot. This replacing might cost you around $55 to $120 depending upon the selection of type of heel.

What if You Just Need Small Adjustments?

When the condition is not very serious and all you need are just a few minor adjustments like a plastic heel cap or something then don’t worry.

This won’t burn a hole in your pocket and will cost you just around $5 to $10. If you want to repair the stitching of your boots that would be around $15 to $25 while replacing the gusset would be $55 to $75.

Can You Resole Your Boots Yourself?

You don’t always have to go to a cobbler to resole your boots. Most of them can be fixed on their own. Boot glue or hobnails are two efficacious accessories which can join the sole effectively.

So if you are considering repairing the boots by yourself then all you have to do is just find your matching size and stick it using little nails or a boot glue.

So what is the cost involved if you are doing it all by yourself? All you need is a sole replacement kit costing around $24.99 which is much more affordable than buying a new pair of boots. Just get a hammer to safely hit it with and trust me, you are good to go!


You can try both resoling and rebuilding on the same boot as many times as you want but never ignore the signs that I have mentioned which tell you when your soles need a repair and when they should be replaced.

Resoling has always been a cheaper and better option and when you are doing it yourself then it’s well and good. Taking good care of your boots extend the life and make them quite efficient without burning a hole in your pocket.

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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