Many men and women have a favorite pair of shoes, a pair that’s broken in, feels comfortable, makes them feel they look their best during a meeting or presentation, etc. The bottom line is you may dearly love a certain pair of shoes. What happens when the sole becomes worn through, or you need a new rubber bottom on those L.L. Bean boots you’ve become so attached to? For the most part, people throw a pair of shoes or boots out because they think they’re beyond salvaging – think again!
A recent article at The Wall Street Journal reveals how many trusted menswear makers will restore and repair the goods they sell, even when those items are decades old. This includes not only boots and shoes, but suits, jeans, shirts, casual jackets, and more.
Did you know that, maker of waxed jackets, Barbour provides repairs & reproofing, or that Louis Vuitton offers repair services handled by in-house artisans? Few men realize that many of the trusted brands will repair or restore clothing, shoes, and other apparel, particularly those brands that charge big bucks for the quality products they offer.
Allen Edmonds men’s lace-up dress shoes usually start at around $295, according to the article; the company’s Wisconsin factory handles about 60,000 recrafts each year, according to Chief Marketing Officer Colin Hall, who believes shoes are personal. L.L. Bean will repair its boots, regardless of how old they are if the boots were purchased at L.L. Bean. A spokesman for the company said L.L. Bean repaired approximately 7,000 pairs of boots last year, most of the requests for a new rubber bottom which is attached to the worn, broken-in leather upper.
The take-away here? For men in particular, whose styles don’t change as often as women’s do, check to see if the manufacturer will repair or refurbish your shoes or boots before tossing them out with the trash!
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