Many Ariat boots can be resoled as long as they’re built using a form of Goodyear welt construction or Blake stitch construction methods. Ariat is very actively involved in helping their customers resole and restore their Ariat boots, making it a quick and easy process.
Today I’m going to discuss everything you need to know about how to restore, revive, and continue using your Ariat boots for years to come.
What Kind of Boots Can Be Resoled?
Any boots made using Goodyear welt construction, storm welt construction, or blake stitch construction can be resoled. There are many other construction methods used to make boots, but in the world of work boots, you’re only likely to encounter the three I listed above.
I should make it explicitly clear; cement construction footwear cannot be resoled. I’m not saying that I haven’t injected some liquid nails into a detaching outsole while on the job (how I wish I had a photo of myself doing that to share with you). I have, and then I duct taped that shut, but that’s not a resoling, and that’s the best that could be done for cemented boots.
I’m speaking about resoling in general, not just as it applies to Ariat boots. The same rules apply regardless of the brand we’re discussing.
We have an article that will tell you everything you need to know about resoling boots, not just as it applies to Ariat footwear.
If you’re curious about the lesser-known types of boot (and shoe) construction methods, there’s a great article on that here.
Now that’s all out of the way, let’s talk about how Ariat helps their customers keep their feet in good hands with their resoling program.
Note From The Author
This isn’t paid programming in any way, shape, or form. I’m not, nor is Best Work Boot Ideas being paid by Ariat or NuShoe to write this article.
Anything said here is simply what I’ve learned, think, and feel about the company and its resoling program.
What is the Ariat Resoling Program?
Ariat is partnered with a company called NuShoe that’s contracted to resole and restore any Ariat footwear that can receive a second life. If you head to Ariat’s Website, they have easy instructions that show you how to ship your boots to NuShoe and get the care they need.
While many companies (footwear or any type) want their product to break so you have to buy another, Ariat stands out in their commitment to doing the opposite. I always think very highly of companies that make an effort to service their product instead of suggesting you buy a new one.
In doing the research for this article, I discovered that all the best work boot brands and several other respectable brands offer resoling services, many of them partnered with NuShoe.
Learning that NuShoe partners with more than one brand shouldn’t make you feel uneasy, quite the opposite, actually. This simply indicates that NuShoe knows what they’re doing.
If many of the best work boot brands are willing to put their brand identity into NuShoe’s care, it’s for good reason. If you want to learn more about where Ariat boots are made, we’ve recently covered that topic.
The advantage of getting your shoes resoled from the manufacturer is that you’re likely to get something very close to the original sole.
Does Ariat Do Anything Besides Resoling?
Yes! When you send your boots to Ariat, they will perform a number of maintenance procedures as needed. Depending on the boot, and the issues present, they will replace laces, footbeds, polish the leather, and fix any stitches that might have popped out.
Some Ariat boots have zippers, and if your zipper is busted, Ariat will take care of that too.
Don’t worry; a broken zipper doesn’t mean you need a whole new pair of boots.
How Much Does It Cost To Get Ariat Boots Resoled?
To get Ariat work boots resoled, it costs $90. To get Ariat western boots resoled, it costs $95. For other styles of Ariat boots like riding boots, the price can go as high as $165. In addition to all the costs listed, there’s a $25 shipping fee as well.
These prices are rather reasonable, and are substantially less than buying a new pair of boots.
Note: Please check the prices as they may be subject to change.
How Long Does It Take To Get Ariat Boots Resoled?
On average, it will take between three and four weeks from when your boots are received until they’re returned to you. This means that you’ll have to use or get a backup pair for the time they’re being worked on. This is a bit frustrating, but it really can’t be avoided.
One way you can turn this situation to your advantage is to consider when your Ariat boots aren’t the best for the job.
Ariat boots are great, and they offer many styles for different work and casual situations, but no boot is perfect for every situation.
Think of a time at work where you wished you had a different feature. This could be warmer boots with Thinsulate, more flexibility of cement construction, the protection of a metatarsal boot when you had something land on the top of your foot.
There’s no right answer here, but there’s a right answer for you.
There were a couple of times where I’d have felt a bit better with a steel or composite toe boot, so that would be the backup pair I’d have gotten.
Can Ariat Rambler Boots Be Resoled?
Some, but not all of Ariat’s Rambler series of boots can be resoled. At the time of writing this, the Rambler line of boots has 13 products.
Some of these are welted boots, capable of being resoled, while others are cement construction and not resolable.
Why Should I Resole My Boots?
If you have a pair of expensive boots, resoling allows you to save money and avoid the discomfort of breaking in a new pair of boots.
No matter how carefully you shop, there’s never any certainty that your new pair will feel better than the pair you’ve had for ages.
Do I Have to Have My Boots Resoled By Ariat?
No, you’re free to bring or send your boots wherever you’d like. Any good quality cobbler will be able to provide the same services that Ariat and NuShoe do, but perhaps not at the same price.
On the plus side, you might be able to get your boots resoled far quicker than a month with a cobbler.
There’s also the added benefit of meeting some boot enthusiasts in your area you might not know about.
Their shops are usually pretty amazing places and worth knowing about should you need an emergency repair or future work done on your boots that Ariat can’t handle.
What Can I Do to Take Care of Ariat Boots?
The best cure is always prevention, so the better you take care of your Ariat footwear, the longer it’ll be before you need to send them away.
We wrote an article on cleaning Ariat footwear that will do a lot to prevent bigger issues from cropping up.
Occasionally waterproofing your work boots is another way that you can prevent long-term damage.
Perhaps even more importantly, you won’t be separated from your boots for a month, which is always a good thing.
It may seem like keeping a boot clean wouldn’t have anything to do with the sole staying attached, but they’re connected!
Dirt and debris hanging around, particularly on the stitches and the welt, will slowly but surely help the boot break apart over time.
I’ve written an article on drying work boots that’s worth checking out if you need a fuller understanding of what I’ll explain briefly right now.
Leather is a dynamic material like wood; it expands and contracts with moisture and temperature.
When all the stitches on a boot are loaded up with dirt and debris, and the leather goes through its natural response to heat and moisture, it’s as though the junk stuck in the stitches is working them out of place.
It’s not something that happens overnight, or even over a month or two, but poor maintenance will show on your shoes within a year for sure.
Any carpenter or woodworker knows what I’m talking about; it’s shocking the first time you see how much wood can warp due to the elements.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about the Ariat resoling and boot care service.
If you’re a Cowboy who needs their old sole replaced, go with Ariat, go with your local cobbler, just go get your boots resoled if that’s what you need to do, stop waiting!