Dorothy had ruby slippers. Cinderella had glass slippers. Even Jesus had birkenstocks.We all have that one favorite pair of shoes that we don’t know what we’d do without. And heaven forbid the day they get torn or broken or need some major overhaul. Before you throw them out with last night’s take-out dinner, there is a simpler, more practical solution you should consider…
Enter the shoe cobbler to save the day. Shoe restoration services have a very rich and long history, even in America. Presumably, the first group of cobblers came from England and settled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. Back in those days, they didn’t have the luxury of retail shops to run to and purchase a shiny new pair to replace the worn down ones. This made shoe repair an institution, and it’s one that persists even today.
While shoe restoration is not commonly spoken of as it was back in the early 1700’s, today it is still in high demand. It is truly a learned craft which, in the right hands, can end up saving those favorites and giving them a new life. Thus, saving you hundreds if not thousands over your lifetime.
What To Look For
When looking for an experienced cobbler and shoe restoration service, it is very important to look into their years in business. Don’t be surprised if they are the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation of these hard-tasked workers. Also, ask to see some of their current work. They may be mid-work on a before and after project, and you can get the chance to see their workmanship first-hand.
From the smallest of repairs, i.e. stretching or extending a velcro strap to major repairs of a new heel, these are true craftsmen and women. Many shoes that once thought couldn’t be brought back to life absolutely can, so gather them all up. This helps ensure for many more generations to come, that cobblers will continue to maintain their place and bring you the level of service you need.
For all your shoe needs, call Dale’s Shoes today.