Gokey Restoration: Before and After

When it come to heritage footwear, Gokey leads the pack.  Handmade since 1850 here in America, and now a stand-alone part of the Orvis family, they are boots that last a lifetime.  We are going to dig deep into Gokey in the coming months, but given that Fall is fast approaching, it’s a good idea to get your Gokeys in for a restoration.  You want them ready for action, right?

Call the good folks at Orvis and they’ll help you get your shoes to the Gokey headquarters in Tipton, Missouri.  Gokey provides all sorts of options, depending on the need of the shoe or boot, beginning with a resole on up to full restoration.

The good folks at Gokey were nice enough to send me some before and after pictures.

Gokey Boat Shoes, going through a resoling:


Double-Sole Mocs restoration:


Now, check out these Sandanona Pull-On Boots.  I think the term ‘well loved’ is appropriate.  Here is the before:

And the incredible after:

Stacy and his team at Gokey are some fine craftsmen.  This work speaks for itself. Got a Gokey story to share? Let’s us know in the comments guys and gals…



  1. Nem
    08/05/2016 / 9:18 AM

    Been wearing Gokey’s pull-on field boot since my first pair in 1988 during college years. Bought a back-up pair at the Orvis factory store in Manchester VT in 2005. My first pair received a new sole and rehab that same year and I now rotate them out.

    Do not, however, forget about the Gokey Sauvage oxford. I’ve worn a pair of these since 1998 and they really are the ultimate “blucher”.

    Can’t say enough good things about Orvis Gokey!

  2. John Lapin
    08/18/2019 / 11:07 AM

    I bought a pair fo their snake boots years ago. They were expensive. Sadly, they are not wearable. I cannot even get my toes to touch the inside sole let alone put them on. They are just too small. It seems they believe men have feet and legs the size of small birds. They should have been made way bigger in diameter. I would like to return them or perhaps someone much smaller can use them?

  3. James K Packer
    12/19/2019 / 10:38 AM

    Can I still get Gokey boots custom fit to my extra wide feet? Orvis no longer provides this service.

  4. Jerry Klein
    01/22/2020 / 11:45 PM

    Love my Gokey moccasins. Have just about worn mine out and need a new pair. Do I direct the inquiry here?

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