There are little events in life that make me sigh, look around, and ask, â€œreally?â€ Events such as dropping something for the third time in a row, stabbing the roof of your mouth with a tortilla chip, stubbing your toe, leaving your lunch at home, and in my opinion, the cake-topper: your favorite shoes breaking. Weâ€™ve all had it happen to us, and thankfully, Iâ€™ve mostly had wear and tear issues, rather than something snapping off while wearing them. Iâ€™ve tossed a lot of good shoes because I didnâ€™t know any better. I thought they were broken and thatâ€™s that. Theyâ€™re done. I threw them away like an idiot. Iâ€™ll never forget my pricey avocado colored heels with dark brown piping that I tossed because I wore a hole through the sole of the right shoe. Ughâ€¦I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever forgive myself for getting rid of those. Of course some shoes arenâ€™t worth repairing. Iâ€™m never going to take my cheapie flats to a cobbler. Itâ€™s more cost effective to just buy a new pair. However, when I realized that my expensive over-the-knee leather boots had a cracked sole, I knew I had to do right by them and take them to a cobbler. Being in the shoe business (hehe), we frequently refer customers to a cobbler in Medford, Oregon that does fantastic work. Messinger Shoe Repair is located downtown, tucked away inside Norris Shoes, a store that specializes in comfort. Iâ€™ve sent many customers to Messingerâ€™s, so I figured I should give him a go and see for myself what kind of work he can do. I made sure to have low expectations that way I wouldnâ€™t be disappointed and figured either way, as long as Iâ€™m able to wear them again, regardless of how the new sole turns out, itâ€™s better than never being able to wear them again. About two weeks later, my boots were finished. Not only did he re-sole them, he dyed the toe, leaving my boots looking scuff-less. They literally were returned to me better than new. The best part is that the repair cost me $30. These boots would have cost me hundreds of dollars to replace, but Messingerâ€™s was able to make them perfect for only $30. Crazy, right?
So, the moral of the story is donâ€™t give up on your favorite shoes just because the sole is cracked, or a buckle fell off, or a zipper broke. Before you toss them, make sure a cobbler canâ€™t make them as good as new for just a few bucks.
post by Amanda