I love shoes…I have far too many shoes…but I love them all!
I especially love shoes that are a little different…a bright colour or perhaps an unusual design.
I also am loving finding vintage shoes that fit like they were made for me…of course, whether I actually need them is another matter…
But I have discovered a dilemma…let me backtrack for a minute and give you some background information…
I have a pair of not particularly special black Sandler wedges…they are comfy and are perfect for when I don’t want to wear high heels, but don’t want to wear flats.
I bought them a few years ago on sale….I think they cost me around $70.
I noticed the other day that I had worn down the sole at the front so much that it was almost wearing right through.
Now, I could have bought a replacement pair, especially as the post Christmas sales are still going, but as these shoes were my “go to” pair, I thought I would get them resoled…
And that’s when I hit the dilemma…it ended up costing me more then a new pair of shoes to get them fixed!!
In the shoe repair guy’s defense, he did acknowledge how expensive it was to get them repaired, and did a lovely job buffing them up as well as painting the heels, so they do look almost as good as new.
I have also had some vintage shoes repaired which also cost me way more then what I paid for them, but for some reason, that didn’t seem so bad…it is like I am giving them a second chance!
I mean…how cute are these…
So what do you do?
Do you wear a favourite pair of shoes until they are destroyed, then toss them out…or spend the money to extend their “lives” instead of buying a new pair?
And if you find a pair of vintage shoes that need a little love…is it worth it?
I own about five pairs of shoes. Just not a shoe person. But need a new work pair, but for the first time in my life I find I am lusting after a pair of shoes. http://www.lottafromstockholm.co.uk/lowood-black.html
Sometimes repairing shoes is more expensive than buying new ones.
Save the faves!!
agree with Kerryn Raisinbread !!
Ah it all depends on finding the right repairer. It sounds as though your repairer is quite pricey? I say if they fit well and you love wearing them, repair and repair until repair again!
Vintage shoes are usually so well made that they are well worth the intial cost to have new heel tips put on, or strap repaired as you will get many years of wear from them – they won’t go out of fashion in 3 months if they suit your style!
There is far too much waste on this planet so saving a vintage pair (which was probably made to a much higher quality than today’s pairs) seems like a wonderful choice. As for the newer pair, I think if you love them and wear them all the time, it has to be a better investment than risking buying a new pair that might not fit so well or be quite right.
Life, Love and Hiccups
I have done the same thing hun. When I fall in love with a pair of shoes… it is love and I will do whatever it takes to keep them going. Even if it means paying double what they are actually worth xx