This is a true Ginger lesson – I can hear her now – “take them to Arthur”, referring to our local shoe repairman/cobbler. When you buy good quality shoes – not only high end designer names, but quality leather and craftsmanship – it makes sense to take care of them so they continue to look great and will last for years. The local shop Ginger went to is now run by his grandson and I am a regular customer. They will soon be taking customers online……..
Look in your closet and check out the heels of the shoes and boots you wear most – it is likely that some are worn down or may have missing heel caps which appears very sloppy and can ruin your look. At the end of each season I like to take in any worn shoes for new heels and/or other repairs so they are fresh for when I will wear them again. Some of my oldies but goodies are pictured below:
My treasured Aquatalia waterproof suede boots get new heels every year. In addition, there is a great product, Synovia Suede Renew, that I spray on periodically at home to freshen up their look. Discovered it at Nordstroms…
These luggage colored booties are 19 years old, a very classic menswear inspired look I love and they are extremely comfortable. Go with everything from jeans, dress pants, skirts…..Worth every penny to take care of them. I choose leather soles on certain shoes that I may wear out dancing and want the ability to spin on a wood floor – a thin rubber sole is best for lots of walking.
My favorite Anne Klein sandals are older than the booties! The tan color goes with everything, the heel is just enough so I don’t feel too schlumpy, and they are sooo comfortable. After wearing them in Greece (on my honeymoon!) I paid a significant amount to have new heels, new inner soles, and new bottom leather soles (gotta dance!).
Finally, the dreaded broken heel….these are not my shoes (stock photo) – if this happened to me I would head to Arthur’s grandson ASAP! Not only does it look bad, but it can be dangerous by being unstable or slippery.