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    I recently purchased a pair of studded felt soled wadding boots and got a really good deal on them. After wearing them a few times I don't think that I like the studs (espically when walking in my drift boat). Does anyboy know of a way to remove the studs or will a shoe repair shop resole the boots with a felt or maybe rubber sole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockeye Scott View Post
    I recently purchased a pair of studded felt soled wadding boots and got a really good deal on them. After wearing them a few times I don't think that I like the studs (espically when walking in my drift boat). Does anyboy know of a way to remove the studs or will a shoe repair shop resole the boots with a felt or maybe rubber sole?

    Thanks,
    Scott
    Built in studs on most boots are not glued in; instead, they have a flat portion, about hte size of a nickel, which rests between the felt and the rubber. So you can probably remove them by ripping them out, or possibly making a small cross-shaped cut in the felt and then prying them out with a screwdriver.

    A shoe repair shop could probably remove the studs a similar way for whatever labor cost there is. ten bucks or so is my guess. They have all sorts of tools.

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    Yup. Made the same mistake! First time walking down the stairs at the Grayling parking lot, I slipped on a step, broke my new 8 wt and buried the fly hook into my thumb! After that I tried standing on the platform in Chuck's cat and felt like I was standing on marbles!

    I'm just going to grind the studs off past the felt. That'll be my first and last pair of studded wading boots!

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    They should just pull out with pliers.

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    Yup. Made the same mistake!
    Me too.

    I'm just going to get a pair of lug sole canvas boots to replace them. I haven't checked yet, but I imagine the studs screw in and out.
    Now what ?

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