Monday, November 24, 2014

Old Shoes Made New Again

We have a shoe repair shop in our town, and even though I've lived here for years, I've never been there. Maybe I should pay them a visit. I like the idea of repairing my old shoes rather than buying new ones. (This shop is in the U.K., but I imagine that the old fashioned shoe repair shops are still around in a number of places. Have you ever been to one)?


Laney4 said...

My most comfortable black heels are 35+ years old. I have had new heel bottoms put on several times (reheeled), and I've had them professionally polished several times as well. I will be wearing them for my daughter's wedding next May, as I trust them not to torture my feet all day. Open toes help tremendously, as feet change sizes through the years.
We had a local cobbler and I enjoyed going in to see him work on the shoes. He has since retired (and I think died, egad), but I know there is another shoe shop at our local mall for when I need them touched up again.
There comes a time when it doesn't matter how much it costs but instead matters as to how much they do or don't hurt your feet. If my feet hurt, it can take six months for them to get back to normal, and that's not a chance I'm willing to take.... Thank goodness for cobblers.

Mary Preston said...

My favourite cobbler passed away too. It was such a wonderful man. I loved watching him work. He charged practically nothing to have work done on my shoes.

There is another cobbler in town. My daughter has taken her favourite leather bag to have the strap repaired.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Laney4 and Mary, I'm so glad that cobblers are still in business! (We had two here, in spite of being a town of only 16,000, but last year one of them closed up shop and retired). I was worried that it might be a dying trade.

I tend to live in sneakers, which I wear to death and then recycle, but I have a favorite pair of dress shoes I think I may take in to get resoled.

Hopefully, this is a skill that is being passed down to the next generation.