Where to get a coat relined, and boots resoled?

boots with snow on themJen from Hounds on the Hudson emails:

I'm gearing up for another long winter outdoors and need to get my wool coat relined and boots resoled. Can anyone recommend a good dry cleaners and/or cobbler in the area?

If there's anyone who needs to make sure their coats and boots are in shape for winter, it's the people at a dog walking company.

So, anyone have suggestions for Jen? Please share!

Earlier on AOA: Suggestions for a good seamstress?

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I don't know about your coat, but: Lev's Shoe & Leather Repair on Central Ave in Albany is the best place to have boots resoled. He also does amazing leather work. The downside is that he has strange hours and it might be cash only. Always call before you go down there just in case.

http://g.co/maps/3ugk7

Good luck!

I used Lev's recently. Always call and bring cash. There are ATMs nearby if you don't remember. He typically asks you to leave a deposit. He is very nice and does great work .

For a new coat lining I went to :

Margaritas Tailor
568 Columbia Tpke # 6
East Greenbush, NY 12061-1666
(518) 477-1212

I had originally bought new lining from Joann's so I can DIY it but quickly realized I was not really up to the task. I went to them with my new lining and coat in hand. A week later my winter coat was as good as new.

There's two places, "Dixon's Shoe Repair" and "Woodlawn Tailor" on the corner of Quail and New Scotland that would would together do the trick for you, so it would seem.

Check out the Delmar Bootery, in Stuyvesant Plaza. They do repair shoes, zippers, etc. Maybe even the liner.

he's not cheap, but Ernesto Custom Tailor on Central is amazing. I haven't been to him in years but he did impeccable alterations on some dresses and fixed the lining in my long fallish/early winter coat. Fastidious work.

last I knew he was at a little place on Central across from Bob and Ron's, but a Google search show his address further up Central near 155.

I'm all for reusing and recycling but it is really worth it to reline a coat and resole boots?

I have had good luck getting my shoes resoled at the Troy Quick Shoe Repairing Co. Cash only, payment on pickup. I think it makes more sense than ever to resole shoes and fix old coats. There really isn't any excuse for throwing away a perfectly good item if it can be fixed, we're on limited budget for "new" things on this planet. Now that being said, I probably wouldn't resole a cruddy pair of sneakers, but I get my dress shoes resoled when they wear down.

@Ron--If it's something you love and/or if it's of high quality*** to begin with--YES, definitely.


***sadly, so much clothing & shoes are so poorly made these days.

Another vote for Lev on Central. I rarely get my shoes done because I wear a type that can't be re-soled (Merrell Barefoots, etc.), but family members have gotten all types of shoes repaired or re-soled there after having less-than-satisfactory results at other places. I've got a leather jacket that I want fixed up a bit and I'll probably bring it to him.

My partner wasn't satisfied with the shoe repair on New Scotland by Quail. He brought in a pair of shoes to get new heels and said they weren't applied well. He was actually so unhappy with the heels that he ended up buying new shoes after all. I

Troy Quick Shoe Repair!

http://troyquickshoe.webs.com/

They're IRL cobblers!

Delmar Bootery At Stuyvesant Plaza. They will reheel and polish you're shoes for $13 and usually has a five day turn around time. They also do relining for coats and purses. Reasonably priced and do a fantastic job.

Michael's Shoe Service, 1611 Upper Union Street, Schenectady can handle almost any leather work - shoes, bags, even a gun holster for one of the actors in town during the filming of "A Place Beyond the Pines." Marianne's Alterations, across the street from Michaels at 1628 Union can handle the coat re-lining.

Along these lines: is there a leather dry cleaner in the area? Had my suede jacket cleaned a couple of years ago--the cleaner sent it to "another cleaner" in Troy--and it's really stiff and awful looking now, so I won't wear it.

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone. And yes, I definitely think it's worth it to repair rather than replace. My wool coat and leather boots were not cheap and I really love them both. With a little maintenance every other year or so, I plan on keeping them forever!

I'll respond back to this post after I choose somewhere and give my feedback too :-)

Lauren, can you give an approx price for the coat relining at Margaritas?
And in answer to one post above, I also do think having a good old coat relined may be worth it. Most of the older coats are better quality, and 100% wool. The ones you find these days are wool blends and if really want a 100% one, you have to pay dearly for it.

seconds to delmar bootery and to ernesto's-he is still across from bob & ron's! (and yes pricey!) BUT both are as good as ever and trusted with quality leather and wool items!

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