Monday, September 10, 2012

We have been working on English riding boots like crazy lately. Calf stretching, elastic and leather gussets, shortening shafts, replacing and repairing zippers, adding zippers, resoling. We have seen it all. We are glad to provide a good service to the riding community.  Excellent workmanship and great value at Xenia Shoe and Leather, Xenia, Ohio. Check us out on the web at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Custom Bags - this time for the motorcycle!

 This is a custom sissy bar bag for a motorcycle riding customer of ours.
-Velcro bar straps
- Covered zippered main compartment
-Full length velcro closure on smaller external pocket
-Main compartment is 5"x12"x9"
-Price for this type of item $200-250

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Webbed Toes, Fused Toes? Want Vibram Five Fingers? No Problem.

  If your toes aren't "average", then Vibram Five Fingers might be hard to fit. Sometimes impossible.
But here at Xenia Shoe and Leather, we not only sell a large selection of Vibram Five Fingers, we also do minor repairs and sewing, along with toe modifications!
  Let us know by email or phone if we can help you!, (888)227-0659/(937)376-8156

Friday, May 25, 2012

Replacement Footbeds for Super Birkis

Although this looks like an anthroology photo, this is a comparison of a new Super Birki Footbed versus a well used pair brought in by a customer for replacement.
Replacements cost $19.95 and we keep them in stock, as well as Profi Birki and Outdoor Clog Replacements.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Repairing an antique... letter opener?

Many things were made from leather in the past. Often we have special items that have been passed down to us, but have never really been taken care of. Many cherished but uncared for items come our way. In this case, we  were asked to repair the leather sheath of a dagger (ok, it was a little smaller than a dagger, but YOU can't tell from the photo, can you?).  Feel free to send pictures of any items that might need some help.

Notice the crack across the original.

Our replacement

Poor thing. But now it is back in shape.

Customized boots: Sailor Moon?!?!

We do a good bit of customization here at Xenia Shoe and Leather.
 Latest was the tweaking of the top cuff on these boots to make turn them into a more authentic Sailor Moon costume boot.
Check out the final product as part of the costume on Facebook.

Boot came over the knee originally

The full original.

The angled leather cuff created by our very own Rob.
The final product
Another view of Rob's seamwork. They came out great.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Increase your sound! Double soling your tap shoes.

  We have been doubling the thickness of half soles on tap shoes for a while. The folks who use them (sadly, none of us at the shop!) say it increases the volume of their tapping.  The shoe pictured had a couple things done to it.
1. The "half sole" , or forefoot section, had the thickness doubled in leather and the tap installed.
2. A grippy rubber piece was added for traction and balance behind the tap
3. The heel height was also increased in keeping with the half sole increase and the tap was reinstalled.

The second picture is the cosmetically cleaned up final product. The coloring disguises the new additions and makes the edges shine like new.

  As is obvious we also do tap replacement and installation! Check us out at

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hockey Glove Repair - REPALMING!

Hockey gloves see hard, wet, sweaty use. The brunt of the effect is on the flexible palms.

 Looks like it is time to repalm. This glove will get a horsehide replacement with a synthetic palm piece.

$50 per pair most times. Done as fast as needed.
Do you need this done? Shoot us an email, give us a call, or stop in.