That is the motto that is hanging above the desk of Alex, my shoe guy. He has been repairing my shoes for three years now.
When I bring him my shoes they typically look like straight trash. I procrastinate so much before taking them to him, they are basically at the point of falling apart. They look like they should just be thrown away. But then Alex performs some type of magic and fixes them to the point where they look brand new and I remember, oh yeah, people make shoes, they can fix them too.
… a DUH moment, but it is so easy to buy a new pair of shoes that we forget that it can be simple to forget we can fix the ones we have.
I love these two pairs of shoes so much and found them both secondhand for practically nothing, wore them until they were dead, and don’t think I could find them again. I am SO grateful that people like Alex exist so that I can keep wearing the shoes that I love, and not have to spend lots of money on new shoes or spend lots of time finding ones I like again.
It is so much better to fix what is broken then buy something new and in the process stimulate your local economy, support skilled jobs, and get to know new people in your community.
Here’s a shoe tip: If you buy a new pair of shoes, bring them to a cobbler to have a bottom put on to protect them – it will exponentially increase the life of your shoes!
Check out these before and after pictures!
PS – if you live in Williamsburg and need shoes repaired…
236 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
… otherwise I suggest finding your local repair person and going to them and if you like them, tell your friends!