Last week I took my trusty old dancing shoes to be reheeled. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off (actually, I do know why – the price!) but they have been waiting for new heels since one plopped off just before Christmas. They have been out of action ever since, apart from a couple of occasions where I just had to wear them because I had no other comfortable high heels to wear. The result was a worn away stump of a heel and leather that had puckered up and started peeling away. I wish I’d taken a photo of them in their unkempt state because you can’t imagine how bad these shoes had started to look.
But in spite of their grossly abused state, I still loved these shoes. They had done me proud for about 5 or 6 years, are black leather so go with everything and are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever parked my tooties in. After a day’s work and a night’s dancing they were still comfortable on my feet. And you can’t put a price on comfort, can you?!
Well apparently, you can. It’s about £8 for new heels at my local cobblers (maybe a chain like Timpsons would be less? and I remember that as a student I could use my NUS card for a discount at Timpsons, so check that out too if you’re considering a shoe repair). I went for the über-hardwearing heels at a cost of £1 extra because I knew how much wear I get out of these shoes and want them to live on as long as possible.
So I left my beloved shoes (trembling, I imagine) in the hands of a professional cobbler and waltzed off around the shops for half an hour. And when I returned, my lovely little shoes were barely recognisable – not only were they sturdily re-heeled, but the peeling leather had been neatly smoothed and tucked under the heel. Both shoes have had a complete makeover, professionally polished and buffed, and even the puckered chunks in the leather on the heel had somehow been erased. I can honestly say that my shoes looked as good as new. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say better than new; because they were my comfortable shoes, and didn’t need wearing in!
So I handed over my cash with delight and my shoes and I are looking forward to another 5 years together. And even then I bet I could have them refurbished again! Okay, these shoes probably only cost me around £15-20 in the first place (they are only New Look shoes after all) and my shoe repair was around half that price but I think that the cost-per-wear works out pretty good over all the years that I’ve worn them. And now they’ll last many more years to come, as long as I look after them well with a loving polish every so often. So no more blisters for me!
What do you think about repairing and renovating your old shoes? Waste of time and money, or thrifty and frugal?! I’ve love to hear your opinion so please leave me a comment below!
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