My Asolo TPS 520 boots are about 12 years old. When they were new, I wore them for a few months and after breaking my leg, the boots stayed in my closet. While getting in shape to backpack again (walking around the neighborhood), the synthetic material above the sole has cracked and broke away from the leather. I emailed Nu-Shoes in San Diego (recommended by Asolo website) about replacement soles and they replied it would not be a fix for these boots. The leather upper and inside is in excellent condition. Anyone have experience with this problem and a solution? Thanks
I have had several pair of Asolo 520s. I have used Rocky Mountain Resole in Salida CO. The first pair that they resoled finally wore out. The uppers started deteriorating. The resoles were still in good shape and attached. Just recently I had another pair of 520s start to de-sole. This was after hiking the JMT and a few other hundred miles. I turned to Rocky Mountain Resole again. They do the job for around $100. Highly recommend them.
Thanks Offtrail. I mailed my boots to High Street Shoe Repair in Salem, Oregon on Saturday. I paid to send the boots, and it will cost me $96 for repairs including return shipping. In the mean time, I am hiking in my old Danner Lights.
possibly two different problems. The one Tipi posted about has to do with the glue failing, I think that the OP's is about part of the sole internaly disintegrating mostly because of the long storage and lack of use. That is not peculiar to Asolo but can happen to any boot that uses the same type of vibram made soles and possibly others using the same compound. www.uvex-safety.com/blog/why-do-shoe-soles-disintegrate/