Always wanted a pair of Louboutins but didn’t want to pay or couldn’t afford the high three or four figures? Here’s another way to get those red sole shoes for him or her. See Juan of Art of Sole Shoe Repair (formerly Brickell Shoe Repair of Miami Beach) , 3903 Alton Rd, T:(305) 403-3048.
They’re not leather, but the thin rubber look the same from afar and they’re more durable. He also puts the sole on real Louboutins either because they’re all scuffed or owners feel the leather is too slippery. Juan does this for over 100 shoes a month, flats, too, can you believe it! Want a more original color sole? He offers a choice of 11 colors including kelly green, hot pink and two shades of purple.
The work of the Art of Sole
What’s the price? It starts at $38 for the red sole shoes.
Juan with sole color palette
If you love Mr. L then there’s also always his nail polish and new lipstick. But they cost more than the red rubber soles.
And while you’re there in the neighborhood there’s a jewelry store that does a very good job of costume jewelry repairs. Stay tuned on Monday for more info.
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Blog by Karen Escalera
Do you know of a good cobbler? No, I’m not talking about peach cobbler. I’m talking about shoe repair. These days, many people are trying to get more creative with saving money, and one good, but often overlooked, way is shoe repair – shoe cobbling is the official term.
Pure thrift isn’t the only reason to repair instead of buy shoes, though. Comfort is another; if you’ve got a pair of shoes that fit – like a glove? – or that makes you feel like a million dollars, then think about repairing them instead of hoping and praying that the replacement will look and feel just as good.
Of course, the costs and benefits of shoe repair are going to largely depend on what type of shoe it is. $50 athletic shoes aren’t worth more than a quick, shoe-glue fix. Your $200 dress shoes or boots, on the other hand, are worth a cobble or two.
How Much Does It Cost to Repair Shoes?
Shoe repair can be as simple and cheap or complex and expensive as you want it to be, but, like your shoes themselves, you usually get what you pay for. A Los Angeles Times article on cobbling suggests, “A handy rule of thumb is this: If a repair costs less than half the price of new shoes, repair the old ones.” I’d add that you can pay a little more than that if the shoes are really worth it to you.
You can replace just about any part of a shoe, kind of like a car, and prices are definitely going to vary, so you’ll want to do some research. Below are some of the common shoe repairs and their accompanying ballpark prices.
- Heel – It can be rubber, leather or a combination of the two and will cost roughly $10–$40 to replace.
- Heel base – If you wore through the heel and part of the base, it can still be repaired, but it’s going to cost more.
- High heels – Replacing these can be as easy as pulling out the old heel tip and replacing it yourself.
- Sole – Do you need a half or whole sole replacement? Soles are usually repaired along with the heel for $45–$80 total.
Insoles/footbeds – You can buy new gel insoles or have them professionally replaced. $20+
- Welt – This is the material that’s attached to the shoe upper and to which the sole is then attached. $15+
- Sole protectors – This is a thin piece of rubber that goes over the leather sole to make it last longer. $15+
- Shoe stretch – Your shoes can actually be stretched if they’re just a little too small for your feet. $15+
- Cleaning, shining and dyeing – There’s a variety of options available depending on what you want. $5+
Repair or Replace?
Deciding to repair over replacing your shoes is about more than just the cost. Different cobblers will make the repair in different ways and with different materials, so a cheaper repair may not be worth the money. Conversely, sometimes a shoe repair will last longer than the factory job if the cobbler is using high-quality materials.
Dan’s Shoe Repair explains that repairs can save you a lot of money in the long run if you started off with a quality product:
“High quality shoes can be resoled from three to ten times. Quality Men’s heels can be fixed seven to ten times, while quality women’s shoes can typically undergo five to eight heel fixes. Uppers made from a high quality material last longer and can also be repaired numerous times.
It is possible to get more than 20 years of life out of high quality shoes that you choose to repair. This makes it less expensive for you to repair your footwear rather than discard shoes and purchase new ones.”
A CBS Minnesota writer did a shoe repair experiment with her favorite boots and found that to repair them would cost about half of what she paid for them – but it would’ve cost less if she’d properly maintained them all along.
So the skinny is you can save money in the long run by repairing quality shoes instead of wearing them out and then replacing them. But you need to perform basic shoe maintenance along the way and find a good cobbler before your shoes are completely worn out.
What kind of shoe repair experience or advice do you have for us? Do you have a question we didn’t answer here? Let us know!
Read more at http://www.quickenloans.com/blog/cost-repairing-shoes-buying#IG5CglCr8Zr70Yx2.99
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Location : 3903 Alton Road 33140 (305)403-3048
Hiking is an exciting pastime that allows you to challenge yourself physically and enjoy the outdoors the old fashion way. However, if you don’t have the right shoes, you may find that your feet become tired and sore long before the hike is even over. In some cases, wearing the wrong hiking shoes may even cause you to sustain an injury. Below is some helpful tips so you can choose the best footwear for exciting hiking any trails.
Types of Style
Mountaineering boots are weighty, stiff boots that are durable and designed to accommodate heavy loads. Of all types of outdoor footwear, mountaineering boots are the heaviest and strongest.
Backpacking boots are not as stiff or as strong as mountaineering boots, but they are still suitable for carrying heavy loads. They can be used on or off trails. These boots are not as durable as mountaineering boots, but they are lighter and more flexible.
The lightest and most flexible style of boot is the hiking boot. Although these shoes can be worn on the trail, they are not as durable as the other boots mentioned here. They are best for light loads and shorter trips.
If you are looking for the best footwear for hiking, you should also consider the cut of the shoe. Hiking footwear comes in one of three cuts: high-cut, mid-cut and low-cut.
- High-cut boots have the most ankle support. They are best for heavy loads and rough trails.
- Mid-cut boots offer some ankle support, but not as much as a high-cut boot. They are best for moderate loads and shorter trips.
- Low-cut boots offer the least amount of stability and ankle support. They are best for smooth, well-maintained trails, short trips and light loads.
To clean suede:
- Rub the surface of the garment with a clean bath towel. This brings up the nap.
- Try to remove small, dry stains through the judicious use of a clean pencil eraser. Small stains that are still wet should be blotted up by putting a paper towel on it and a weight on top of the towel. For either kind of stain, avoid using a chemical stain remover.
- Stains may also be rubbed off with a damp towel and some white vinegar. Allow the leather to dry before assessing your success. After drying, the garment will reek of vinegar for a while – but it will eventually fade.
- If there are lumps of dirt or dry scuff marks that won’t come off this way, try rasping them off with a fingernail file. Be gentle.
- Your last step (if cleaning suede shoes) is to brush the shoe gently with a wire suede brush.
- Body oil stains on clothing and suede furniture can be attacked with a degreaser leather cleaned made especially for suede.
Keep Leather Clean: Wipe of dust and rinse of chemicals and salts, as these materials injure leather. Was of mud before it fills pores. Use a semi stiff brush and saddle soap if necessary.
Dry Leather Slow and Easy: With a towel , wipe oil tanned leather dry. Let dry-tanned leather dry without wiping. Place shoe trees on in footwear to retain the shape of the shoes while its drying. Hang upside down in a open air space. Do not place them in the sun or any hot location.
Oil Lubricate Treat When Dry: Repeated wetting and drying, dry dusty areas robs leather of its natural oils. This causes stiffness and cracking in leather.