I just picked up three pairs of shoes that I had repaired. All of them have already been resoled or reheeled before. But when your shoes are attractive and comfortable they are worth hanging onto.
With so many shoes in the shops you would think buying replacement shoes would be easy. But it ain’t! I don’t like many, no most, often all, of the shoes in shops. Too high, too flat, too unbalanced, too tight, too hot, too cold. These ones were just right.
I don’t wear ballet flats. They are uncomfortable, bad for my back and they make everyone except Audrey Hepburn look like they have fat ankles and fat feet. After a few wears ballet flats look sloppy and scruffy.
I won’t totter around on ridiculously high heels. Again, they are uncomfortable, bad for my back, and they make most people look silly when they walk.
So I get my favourites repaired.
Finding a good cobbler is getting more difficult. It is another skill we are losing as shoe manufacturing goes off-shore and people treat shoes as disposable items.
Some people question the cost, saying I could buy new ones for the same price. And then have the latest fashion. Well, we have already addressed that issue. But what about the environmental costs?
We have become accustomed to shoes being cheap, just as we have become accustomed to our clothing being cheap. In most cases the quality has been lost. And that is another reason to buy quality. They can be repaired. Not like these shoes. They were made of plastic. Amazingly they were comfortable and looked brilliant. But there is no getting around it, they cannot be repaired. The plastic was cracking so it was just not worth getting them reheeled.
So these shoes can only end up in landfill. And being plastic, we know what that means.
And these sandals?
Well, I just don’t like them. They make my feet look ugly. But worst of all, the sole is too slippery for my bad back. They would have to be very attractive for me to risk slipping. And here is an example of where cheap shoes are not worth repairing. Even if I loved these shoes, the cost to re-sole would be more than the original cost. But it is a mute point as these shoes cannot be re-soled. These I will donate. Someone may like them for summer.
So what have we learned today, class?
Buy good quality shoes so they can be repaired, Miss.
Buy shoes that are comfortable, look good and that you can walk in.
Right, class dismissed.