Goodwill Russells – Before and After

Reader @jdalton_sullivan DM’ed me not too long ago with a STEAL of a Goodwill find.  He’s a Decatur, AL guy, and found a pair of Russell Moccasin Zephyr boots in his size at the local Goodwill.  The price?  $13.

He sent me over the images and needless to say, I was as giddy as he was.  What a GREAT find at Goodwill…I dare to say that this is a grail find.  I encouraged him to reach out to Russell and get them reconditioned and resoled, as it would be WELL worth it.  He did.  His cost was $125.

After a little over a month, they showed up on his doorstep.  Huge surprise: Russell knocked it out of the park.  Here are the after images:

Very well done!  Let this be a lesson…finding old boots can turn into a huge win with a little investment.  Always be on the lookout for opportunities like this.  Take care of your stuff, and it’ll take care of you.



  1. B. Scott Robinson
    11/09/2020 / 8:55 AM

    I have had mine refurbished twice by Russell.

    I bought them from Kevins sometime around 2003. They are on their 3 pair of soles.

    A full treatment isn’t cheap, nothing good is, but compared to the new price the value per wear is minimal.

    My wife has her first pair now. We are sold!!!



  2. Forrest
    11/10/2020 / 8:16 PM

    Best of luck with them. Great find. Looked for some time . Wound up buying new pair. Zero break in . Extremely comfortable.
    I have a pair of circa 1970’s Gokey oxfords new old stock. Bought on e bay . They had not been worn. Actually they are just over built aka made to last a life time.
    Thanks for the blod&info

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