One of the best things you can do for yourself and your beloved shoes is to visit your cobbler as often as possible. I know it might seem like a drag but really all you have to do is 1. drive there 2. drops shoes off 3. pick up shoes and go home happy! Whenever I get my shoes back from the cobbler, I'm always amazed at how new they look. I then always immediately tell myself that I need to come back more often. From my experience, the amount of money you pay to give new life to your worn out shoes is many, many times cheaper than going out and buying a new pair. Even when you think your shoes are beyond repair, trust me (and your cobbler): chances are, they can fixed in no time!!
Last week, I dropped off five pairs of shoes that desperately needed some attention and care - new heel tips, polishing, fixing nicks on the heel and leather, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to take before and after pictures but what I can show you is what a difference resoling can do for your shoes:
Some people (and most cobblers) recommend you resole your shoes before you even wear them. This will guarantee longevity. Between you and me, thats too much work (and money) - I prefer to resole when necessary. All cobblers can resole your shoes but not everyone will have the red soles for CLs. Not to worry - you can easily buy the red soles online and simply bring them in. Prices can vary so ask around first! BTW, I also had black soles put on one of my Chanel pumps and they seriously look BRAND NEW!!
If you live in West LA, try Arturo's on Santa Monica and if you live in OC, try Culver Shoe Repair in Irvine - I've been to both and had GREAT experiences :) To find a trustworthy cobbler near you, ask around or do some research online (Yelp, TPF). Cheers to you and your shoes!
PS: Blogging will continue to be slow for the next week BUT you'll be happy to know that I've reached my CL goal which means I should have a collection post coming up in the near future :)