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Repair Journey: Hugo Boss Slip-Ons

Suffering from standard wear + tear, the Boss Orange suede slip-ons arrived at the Concierge with water damage around the toe cap and vamp area and some seriously worn-out soles. In fact, the outsoles were scraped to the seams, revealing the rubber cushion under the footbeds.

 

Boss Orange slip-on shoes before the refresh.

The cobblers stripped off what remained of the original soles, and created a fresh base, featuring a support panel modeled after the original style, above. The team applied fresh rubber soles to closely mirror the shoe profile, down to the exact color of the trim work. Many members of our #shoesquad tend to switch out leather for rubber for a more durable option.

We replaced the original leather soles with fresh rubber

Next, English heels – a blend of rubber and leather – were added to suit the original footwear design. Finally, the cobblers cleaned the suede uppers. Water damage can reshape and discolor skins, and ground salt only increases the weathering. To combat the elements, it’s important to let shoes air-dry and leave footwear to reform on shoetrees.

Suede slip-ons: cleaned and resoled

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Dana Karlson is a seasoned digital editor. In 2014 she launched Footwear News’ web site, and prior to that she covered fashion and lifestyle for Glamour.com and British Sky Broadcasting in London. She has worked with top designers including Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu and Mary Katrantzou, interviewed leading celebrities from Kate Winslet to Mark Wahlberg and reported on Oscars’ fashion for BBC.