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 Post subject: Re: shoe resole
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:03 pm 
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Location: seattle
Just posted about this in a new post. But basic story is: DON'T go with Cascade Cobbler. They've been sold and they are now awful. Just got 3 pairs of shoes back (ugh) and am really really sorry I sent them out. I'd rather have a hole in the toe than the resole I have now.

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Christie


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 Post subject: Re: shoe resole
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:19 pm 
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Oh man, that really sucks. Back when it was owned by the original person, they did fantastic work. Thanks for letting us know. Also, I know it sucks to send them back out again, but wouldn't someone else be able to peel off the "new" soles and put some others on doing a better job?


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 Post subject: Re: shoe resole
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:55 pm 
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Sorry to repost but I can't say enough about John Ramuta from Seattle, now in Montana. Ship your shoes and when you get them back they will be the best work you've ever seen. I've traveled and climbed in about 20 states in the USA and I've seen plenty of other climbers' shoes and their resole results...... I've seen nothing better than John Ramuta and very very few that were as good.

Tell him you're a member with teh University of Washington Climbing Club and David Yount mentioned there still might be a 10% discount for UW members. Ask nicely :)

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John Ramuta opened a cobbler business in downtown Seattle, long ago. His son, also John, became a big rock climber. Not big in fame and 5.15 skillz but big in that he climbed, and he climbed. He was also into the cobbler business, with his father. Younger John was the goto cobbler for most of Seattle's technical shoe needs (climbing shoe half resoles, moutaineering boots, backcountry ski boots, etc).

Young John has summitted many of the peaks in Washington, as well cragged up and down the state. Back in the late 90's I negotiated a little hookup for the members of the UWCC, it was 10% discount, but the true deal with John Ramuta's work is the quality of his work.

Ace Boreals, he provided me 9 half-sole resoles, as well as several rand repairs. Each time they came back snug, solid and ready for action.

Five-Ten UFO / Ascent / V-Mile, whatever they call it this year, it's a slipper and it's got 2 velcro bands. There is no board or midsole in this shoe. Well, John Ramuta provided me 5 half-sole resoles and a few rand repairs. He also replaced the velcro whenever it was loosing it's grab.

http://www.ramutasresoles.com/aboutus.htm

He moved to Montana, but he's still top dog for shoe resoles. His work looks orignial, your shoes return looking beautiful. He's an artisan, he cares about his work, he's a climber. $30 for a half-sole and your shoes will feel good and look perfect.

Dave.


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