Who will save our soles?

My tall black boots, Photo Credit: Patricia Saxton

My tall black boots.     Photo Credit: Patricia Saxton

I own two pairs of black leather boots: a tall, high-heeled pair and a short pair of booties. When I bought them it was love at first-sight. I spent time thinking about how they would fit in my wardrobe. I coveted these boots. But now that they are mine I have not been maintaining them as I should or done anything to extend the life of these well-loved accessories. It reminds me of a movie, where the focus is on the falling in love part of the story. After the boy-gets-the-girl, the movie ends. When I planned my outfit for an important meeting recently, it came as a shock to me that my boots needed immediate attention. I went to Rago Brothers, my local cobbler, and had them repaired.

Last March I interviewed Tom Rago about the importance of maintaining your shoes and boots. According to Tom: “General maintenance is important to keeping shoes looking new. You take your suit to be dry-cleaned every two-three times you wear it; you should do the same with your shoes.” We fall in love with our shoes and boots. But if we are going to invest our hard-earned money in these wardrobe essentials, my advice is to find a reputable cobbler and do the work to maintain them and give them life. Because falling in love is a good thing but it’s the ever-after that we all want.

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Black boots from my closet

Black boots from my closet – Photo Credit: Patricia Saxton

This week’s “Shoe Polish” tells how, when I was younger, I polished my dad’s shoes and am now continuing the tradition with my own shoes and boots. But there is a story behind the story and one worth sharing in today’s podcast. It all started with a magazine ad for some very cute black booties. I had been flipping the pages and noticed these great boots. Here was my thought process: Ooh, these boots are cute! … hmmm, how much are they? … I love booties in the fallthese would be a great addition to my wardrobe, but waitdon’t I already have a pair of black booties as well as black boots? I’ll check my closet and see what I have. And there is the moment of truth; I did check my closet and I do own black booties. And they are beautiful. More beautiful than the ones in the magazine and would look even better with a shoe shine. Remember: Shop your closet first.

 

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