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Fab Tip: Resole Your Brand New Shoes

Geppetto, the local shoe cobbler, and I have a very special relationship. See, I take my weathered, beat-up, neglected shoes to him and he magically turns them back into the beautiful creations they used to be before I exposed them to life's harsh elements. Such handiwork costs a pretty penny, but it's well worth it. A couple months ago Geppetto let me in on a fabulous little shoe secret . . .

To hear his tip,


He told me to resole my new shoes right after I purchase them before wearing them out. Taking this preventative measure will lessen the wear on my precious footwear tenfold and will make trips to the cobbler less frequent and cheaper in the long run. Also, new rubber soles are much more comfy than the thin bottoms most shoes come with. Geppetto, I will miss seeing you often but my wallet won't.


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kimbly kimbly 7 years
His name is actually Geppetto??
Asche Asche 7 years
@gdtwriter: If you have to explain to your cobbler what "Re-soleing" is, you SHOULD NOT trust your shoes with him/her...
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
if i have have the $$ to drop on really expensive shoes, i will definitely remember this. right now the cobbler will probably cost more than my shoes :(
gdtwriter gdtwriter 7 years
I found a cobbler by looking under shoe and leather repair in the phone directory. I have used a cobbler for my Birkenstocks and for my handbags, but never for my nice heels. I will definitely think about taking my heels to a cobbler in the near future, though.
gdtwriter gdtwriter 7 years
This may sound like a dumb question, but if I were to take my new shoes in to be resoled do I need to tell the cobbler what kind of sole to put on? How will I know he won't put on a slick sole like it already has? Do you get what I mean? What do I tell the cobbler?
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I need to do this with the new boots i just bought. Fab for winter...except the COMPLETELY FLAT SOLE.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I always do this. I find that if I don't, I have a higher chance of slipping.
fortheloveofrock fortheloveofrock 7 years
Great tip, never thought of that....and the comfy factor, nice job
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
is your cobbler's name really Gepetto? because that is just too cute...
qtpie qtpie 7 years
i searched cobbler and a lot of places came up... though i might be too lazy to go
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
Great tips - may be a weird question but if I wanted to find one in my area what would I search under? Are they still called "Cobblers" and I search with that term or do I just look for "shoe repair". Just curious...
qtpie qtpie 7 years
great tip... just bought a pair of heels today
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I love my cobbler - I take my favorite shoes all the time to him because I can't stand to part with them just yet!
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