Raichle boots — worth re-soling?

broken boot

Hi peeps.

I have a nice pair of Raichle boots. The uppers fit perfectly, but the soles were always very slippery and I wouldn’t have bought another pair. I’ve not worn them for prolly 8 years or so, since I stopped wearing leather boots. I bought them because they were just stiff enough to take a crampon. I wore them today, though, because I’m currently without decent footwear. My Inov-8s have given up the ghost and the little Salomon trail shoes I’ve been wearing recently for walking from home don’t really do the job on soaking wet days in sopping wet fields full of cow poo/on slippery surfaces.

I therefore dug out the Raichles because Piglet insisted on a walk, and for the first hour or so I was delighted to be walking in such comfy boots and keeping my feet warm and dry. Lovely 🙂

Shortly after that, though, I noticed an odd flappy feeling to the heel of my right foot, and when I stopped to look I saw that the heel had come away. Presumably something rubbery had perished during the boots’ long sojourn up in the attic. Twenty mins later the same thing happened to the other boot. Uh-oh…

I’ve Googled boot repair, because the uppers were so very comfy. My feet aren’t quite the same size, but both feet were cozy today with no toe bashing/need to crumple up the toes of my slightly longer right foot. Nor were either of my feet swishing around in too large a space. Everything felt very secure.

It sounds from what I’ve read as though re-soling often isn’t successful, resulting in an upper that no longer fits well.

Has anyone had a good experience? If so, can you recommend a repairer?

Alternatively, can somebody please suggest a nice, light, ideally non-leather and non-membranous boot? I did have a look at Salomon boots online this morning (in the past Salomons have seemed to fit my feet well), but they all seem to have a Gore-tex membrane, which I’ve never really felt was a very good idea. More Googling seems to suggest that maybe Raichle no longer make boots.

I’d like something grippy, if at all possible. The sort of thing I can wear for walking Piglet on wet, slippery wintery days in low-lying fields, but can also wear with confidence up in the Lakes or over in the Dales.

Suggestions welcome 🙂

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2 Responses to Raichle boots — worth re-soling?

  1. peewiglet says:

    Apologies to the kind person who posted a response to this, which I can no longer find 😦 I’m not sure whether it was here, on Facebook or in email. Doh… I meant to reply, but since I didn’t do so immediately I lost the response. Thank you for trying to help x

  2. martin says:

    I’ve used LSR this year for tent repairs, footwear repairs and a jacket repair: http://www.lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk/contact_lsr.htm
    They seem to be the main repair people for Asolo amongst other brands. They seem to do a good job.
    As it happens my fey feet seem to rub the heel out of approach shoes. Not sure why, but what I do now is pop along to the LSR ‘seconds room’ and get a cheap pair for around £30. Beats forking out for expensive new kit that is likely to get the heel rubbed out.
    In fairness, someone has recommended I try Superfeet (again, I used them many years ago) to ensure a better fit and avoid rubbing the inside of the heel out. When I get around to that….

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