Red Wing Works
Dana Huval, Huval's Boot and Shoe Repair,
Red Wing Works have higher tops that most
customers will like to wear. These boots can be shortened many ways.
This has been the best way I have found to do it.
I keep a sample cutting of an old top to
use and draw a black line to show the new shortened height of the boots.
I take off 4 inches from the scallop of the boot.
This boot has an inside lining; so I find it easier to sew binding tape
right below the black line I have drawn before cutting off the excess.
Then I fold the binding tape towards the
inside of the boot and sew another seam at the edge of that tape. This
made it look really nice.
This customer also wanted a zipper
Since the inside liner could cause a
problem, I sew a closing seam to prevent both pieces from separating. I
realize it is extra sewing, but it is an easier way for me to do a nice
job with these boots.
Finally I re-attach the pull strap a
little farther back so my customer will have an easier time pulling on
For this time consuming job of cutting the
tops of the boots, I charge $25. I also charge $20 per zipper. Total job
is $65. The job is time consuming, but it is also a great ring-up on the
I have left the white lining showing, but
I will darken it before the customer picks them up.
Do you have a special way of doing a job
you would like to share, if so e-mail me
firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can share it with our fellow repairers.