UPCYCLING: Shoe Repair
"Do it nice or do it twice." --A motto that my boss used to tell me but certainly true with shoe wear.
After winter and the earlier parts of spring, many of our shoes are looking a little rough. When you invest in a pair of shoes that you love, you need to make sure you take proper care of them. Mine always get beat up on the heels because I walk with a purpose (at least that's what I tell myself... I think the jury is still out). I also tend to wear a lot of suede (which is the worst idea in Minnesota but does not at all mean that I am going to stop doing it any time soon).
After the winter, my three most frequently worn pairs of shoes needed some TLC. I took them to a local shoe repair shop in Richfield to have the heels replaced and get them ready for the later spring, early summer, and the eventual transition to fall. My black Cole Haan heels were in desperate need of attention because the heel plum fell off. They're more than just scuffed. The heel is actually MIA.
The booties that I have are both Aquitalia and made with a treated suede so they are more resistant to the salt and mud associated with Minnesota winters. However, with the amount of walking that I do, they too are worn in the heels and need to be repaired. I took all 3 to a cobbler near my house in Minneapolis to be fixed up so that I could continue to enjoy my heels that I loved and my black beauties to work every day. You have decide if it's worth it, if you have a reliable cobbler, and if you like the shoes enough to keep around. Me? I don't feel like stomping without my favorites. Look up shoe repairs in your local area, because suede, leather soles, you name it might need some care and it's always best to go to a professional instead of taking out a glue stick and using a little elbow grease.