jo found this amazing pair of boots second hand, and they were a perfect fit. after a year and a half of frequent wear, the already thin soles started to separate from the bottom of the shoe. she flapped around with them like that for a few months.
i bought a cute pair of 80's flats from an etsy seller this winter. when spring temperatures arrived, i was eager to wear them. within a couple of wearings the sole separated from both shoes so badly that i could barely flap my way back to the the car from the coffee shop.
we needed a cobbler.
tip: consult yelp. ask friends for recommendations. cobblers are not all equal. it takes some digging, and possibly a miss along the way (yes we have that story too), to find and good one.
a week later, we had our footwear back on our feet and smiles on our faces. we feel so good about being able to wear our beloveds again, but also are so happy to have prolonged their lives. they are both made with quality leather and craftsmanship. they would take up a hefty volume in a landfill, not to mention the money we saved on replacement. and yes, it cost a bit to have them repaired…but that was considerably less than it would have cost to replace them. our shoes and boots are not in the landfill, and less materials were used than would be required for a new pair. we provided work and income for a skilled local small business owner. win, win, win, win, win. :)