I was moving along my day when all of a sudden the strap to my everyday handbag broke! What to do with broken leather at a moment’s notice? I pull out my boots for the first wear of the season and notice the heel has worn down. The weather changes – you adjust to a different handbag, the boots come out, the shoes need to be sturdier. This is the time to make sure you have a reliable shoe and leather repair source.
I have been going to Rago Brothers – a family run local cobbler – for their expertise and quality craftsmanship. They were the ones I turned to when that handbag strap broke. They are the ones I visit when the season begins and my boots need attention. When I last interviewed Tom Rago about the importance of maintaining our shoes and boots, he put it this way: “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.”
Find a local resource to help you when you need to repair your well-loved shoes, boots, and bags. They need our attention and this is the season. Your self esteem will get a boost from the care, and you will feel more confident, knowing that you are preserving your things longer and saving yourself from buying new all the time.
Photos taken by my dear friend 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.
Photo Credit: DoubleTake Consignment Boutique
We love our shoes. We covet them and admire them from afar. And if we are actually lucky enough to purchase them, we begin the love affair in earnest. But, to do that, we must truly be prepared to save our soles; from the elements and from ourselves. Do you know about shoe cobblers? They are the matchmakers of the shoe love affair; they are the ones who keep us and our shoes together, living happily ever after, or at least for as long as possible. I went to the experts at Rago Brothers Shoe and Leather Repair, and spoke with Tom Rago. Tom, and his brother, Tony, are the third generation of Rago Brothers to own and operate this unique shop in Morristown, NJ. I asked Tom what we can be doing to save our soles … Continue reading