Birkenstock Repair?
May 18, 2015 2:54 PM   Subscribe

I have some old Birkenstocks where the leather is in good condition (it could use a light cleaning), but the soles and cork need to be replaced. Does anyone have recommendations for Birkenstock repair shops that I can mail my shoes to that do good work at a fair price?

Unfortunately, there are no local places in any reasonable drive from me, or that would be my first choice.
posted by merikus to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Birkenstock USA suggest you use their locator tool to find an authorized repair shop that you can mail to.

I can't attest to the "fair price" part of the equasion.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:14 PM on May 18, 2015

I used the tool to look up a repair shops in Houston and the prices I was quoted were about 80% the cost of a brand new pair of Birks. Unless you have some special limited edition pair I'd suggest just buying a new pair of shoes. I found my new pair on sale too, so win/win.
posted by Brittanie at 3:39 PM on May 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

I got four pairs of Birks recrafted at this Cincinnati outfit: . I've never been there, but the Yelp reviews were good, so I took a chance.

Everything but the straps on each pair was replaced. It was definitely worth the money and I plan to send my Birks back in to get recrafted once these soles and footbeds wear out in a few years.

They charge $60.00 for resoling and recorking - that's a lot cheaper than buying a new pair of Birks, unless you find them on sale somewhere.
posted by longdaysjourney at 10:25 AM on May 19, 2015

I had a pair re-crafted (everything replaced but the leather) about 12 years ago because the style was no longer made. It was a local shop, but I know they sent them out somewhere to have it done. It cost me $80 then. It looks like they were probably sent to that place in Cincinnati... I was very happy with the results.

The style I currently prefer is still being made, so I'm less likely to have it done because they can usually be found for about the same price on sale.
posted by monopas at 10:35 AM on May 19, 2015

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