[#2 already knew this, but didn’t tell #1 because it never occurred to her that #1 wouldn’t know this]
I was doing some post-conference shoe shopping (I <3 pikolinos!!) because the naot maryjanes I bought two years ago weren’t as comfy as they were, you know, two years ago. The salesman, after selling me on a new pair of pikolino maryjanes that I am completely and totally in love with noted that I could extend the life of my naots by replacing the inserts because the sole was still going strong, I’d just worn down the insides. So he sold me a pair of inserts (and a pair of sandals that I’m not completely in love with, but are comfortable and fill another need, since I don’t know when I’ll be at another Euro shoe store).
And he put the new inserts in my shoes and indeed, I no longer needed to buy the pikolinos, but I did anyway because I love them. I have two more pairs of Naot maryjanes that can have their lives extended with new inserts as well, so I’m planning on going online and getting replacements. Now, replacements are not cheap– $55 per pair, but that’s a lot less expensive than fancy new shoes.
I knew cowboy boots could be resoled and I knew Birkenstocks could be recorked, but I didn’t realize there was such an easy fix for Naots. And who knows, maybe my beloved Pikolinos at some point in the future as well.
Do you repair your shoes, or do you just buy new when they wear out?