In this post, I mentioned the degenerate state of my heels. These Louboutin Simples are one of my favorite pairs and I think I bought them around 2007? Anyway, they’ve been with me everywhere and have been caught in the street grates of New York K-Town in the wee hours of the morning, drenched in one of the biggest rainstorms of my life in Moscow and worn for dozens and dozens of meetings and interviews (except those where I think the red sole would be too flashy).Anyway, I ended up taking the shoes to my cobbler, and as promised, here are some before and after pictures:
Before: heel is super trashed – leather is peeling, heel tips worn down, metal showing
After: “almost” good as new!
This trip was probably this particular pair’s third visit to the cobbler’s and the job cost me $15 (plus the heel tips which I gave him). My prior visits were to do similar fix ups, and to add the rubber Vibram sole, which I do for all of my shoes after they’ve been worn down a bit.
To me there is something very satisfying in taking an item I love and treasure in for repair, and extending its use for as long as possible. I feel even better when I get it back then if I were to buy an entirely new item. It reminds me of something my husband always says:
“Take care of your gear, and your gear will take care of you.”
*Wanted to add a clarification after some questions/comments – I don’t put on the Vibram sole myself, the cobbler does, and he stocks the red color in store. If your local cobbler doesn’t stock them, you can order them on eBay (search for red Vibram sole) and then bring them in for them to be put on. Mine charges around $30 for the sole + job.