Fresh comfy Birkenstock soling on some old favourites
Birkenstock sole repair
You can have the entire sole replaced or just the worn heels and or toes. The cork footbed can be repaired or replaced.
Birkenstock upper repair
How to get your Birkenstock Repair sorted
Drop them off or have a friend drop them off
You'll find us in Piccadilly Arcade, 44 Grey St, Tauranga
Our shop is at the Grey Street end of the arcade, beside the Lotto shop.
While we do prefer the owner drops the repair off we understand this is not always possible. If you have someone else dropping them off it is a good idea to write a brief note with your mobile number and what it is that you want done.
Send them to us by post or courier
You are welcome to use your normal courier or click the link above to find your nearest Post Shop.
While you can sned them straight to us and we will call you with a price and arrange payment. You can work out a price and pay online using the button below.
My first experiences with Birkenstocks
At around 9 years old ... back when I wanted to be a saddler. My Dad brough me home a pair of Birkenstock knock offs from overseas.
I loved those little blue beauties. Even when on week 2 the uppers started to split and cut into my feet.
My Grandma must of shown me the basics of hand stitching, as I remember sewing the splits back together and getting a few more wears out of them before they split next to the splits.
So I understand how attached people get to their Birkenstock footwear. Especially when they have owned them for many years. Heck I'd only had my knock offs for a few weeks and that was 34 years ago and I'm still talking about them.
The next time I was exposed and yes exposed is the right word. Was when my brother returned from Holland with a pair he had been wearing on the dairy farm where he worked. I still wonder how they got through customs ... and he wanted me to fix them!
As Kiwi's we are used to gumboots for wet and dodgy conditions. You can only imagine what happens to leather and cork that has been worn in water and umm other greener liquids!
Anyway we ground off the rotten bits of cork and replaced it with foam like sneaker midsoles are made from. Then glued a new sole over top. They lasted for many more years.
Since that time we have resoled over 100 pairs and have access to replacement Birkenstock cork, Birkenstock footbeds and the original Birkenstock soling. We even have replacement Birkenstock buckles.
In fact, maybe your Favorite Summer Shoes are jammed away in the bottom of your wardrobe ... or are dying of heat exhaustion while sliding around in the back of your car?
Want to cut to the chase now ... bring your shoes in or book shoe repairs online.
Let's get back to the story ... your car, the toes getting scuffed down to the leather with every jolt in the Tauranga traffic. The right heel is probably worn through to the metal pins (can make a pretty cool sound on tiles, but not much grip), and the elastics are badly overdue for replacement. And let's not discuss what those scuzzy insoles look like.
But you can’t help but love them because you bought them in that special place with that special person, right?
And why not? You can never have enough shoes?
Well, I’ve got good news Julie, because we (Shane, Pera and Mike) are itching for summer to arrive as much as you are. Hooray for holidays!
We have been getting elastic, leather and buckles sorted for the upcoming season.
That means that you can bring your favourite summer sandals in to us this week (pop them in your car now so you don’t forget ... unless they are still in there from last summer of course!).
Mention this email for a FREE upgrade to Premium service, this means you get your repairs sooner and we’ll give them such a polish you’ll need your sunnys on to avoid retina damage the next time you walk down the street.
How about you bring them in tomorrow morning Julie? We open at 9am.
Our shop is at the Grey St end of Piccadilly Arcade.
Will I see you tomorrow Julie?
Please reply to this email with questions and comments ... the funnier the better.
Front Zip Replacement
Left zip has yet to be replaced. Right zip has been replaced wih a 9 coil YKK zipper and matching locking slider.
Tight shoes can make for a really long day. We have tools and machines to help relieve the pressure.
Good idea to wear your shoes around before bringing them in to get a clear understanding of which foot is worst and where abouts it hurts most. Also consider the areas that are just a little bit annoying. As once you have the main areas sorted these secondary areas will bug you.
When you drop them into us we will talk it through with you and either mark the problem areas with removable silver pen or use low tack masking tape.
When we put your shoes on the stretcher we can add bumps in certain places to add extra stretch. For example on your big toe tip, bunion or at the heel.
RMs take a thrashing. They quickly become favourite footwear. Often people wear through the soles before bringing them in. A lot of our customers ask us to replace the leather soles with rubber so that they get better grip and last longer.
Comfortable shoes with uppers with plenty of life left in them are well worth resoling. These MC's have had new heels and protection soles. Vibram dupla on the heels and Vibram 1.8mm soling on the soles. Both of these products wear well and have great grip even in the wet.
"100% Shane! Love your work :)"
Hi Shane, your repairs look excellent, and I'm looking forward to wearing them again.
Thanks, good to find you, only chanced upon you, having scissors sharpened in the Arcade......lovely arcade!
Cheers Jenny K.
Hi Shane Barr here,
Do you have boots that need repairs before winter?
Bring them in for a free appraisal
Or use our 5 point checklist ...
Heels - back right corner of the right heel. It's time for repair if it’s as thin as a cheese slice.
Soles - Put your hand into your right boot and poke about where the ball of your foot sits. Does it feel soft and flimsy? Compare how it feels to other areas of the sole. Splits cracks or holes are a sure sign it’s time for repair.
Insoles - While you have your hand in your boot. Is the insole smooth and comfy? Or if it's unstuck and scrunched up they need attention.
Stitching - look for any loose or fuzzy stitching. Better to do it now. Once it’s loose the leather stretches out of shape ... and winter sneaks in.
Zips - Do they make a nice zip zip sound as you zip them up and down? Or are they catchy and stop start? Try a bit of neutral shoe cream or hand cream on the zip to see if it works better.
What does it cost? - As a guide, if you need one or 2 items from the list on a pair it will be worth it. Once you need 3 or more on a pair you may be better replacing them. Bring them in for a proper quote.
How long does it take? 2 days is normal. Drop them off Monday, pick them up Wednesday 11am. Need them sooner, we have 4 "same day" spaces available each day. Let us know when suits you.
Take a look through your wardrobe now ...
Pop the boots that need help onto your front seat now. Drop them off on Monday.
See you soon
PS Ask questions now by emailing, use address at bottom of page
Call or leave a message 07 5783358
Or better yet bring your shoes in and we can talk together about them
Get directions https://www.shanes.co.nz/find-us.html
Shane Barr Shoe Repairs
Quality Craftmanship Guaranteed
LOVE having my shoes back, brought in two pairs, one that needed a special colour polish, now shiny and new again with no scuffed toes in sight; and another pair with glued heels - perfect job, I've worn them loads already.
Next two pairs to be delivered soon!
Thanks so much - awesome service as usual =) Stacey - Tauranga