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Save Your Soles

I’ve bought several pair of high-end designer shoes for a fraction of their original prices by shopping consignment. Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Badgley Mischka, and Tory Burch and names synonymous with luxury and quality, but they’re not cheap! Luckily, some people tire of their shoes before they’ve worn them out.

When I buy a pair of leather-soled shoes, the first thing I do is take them to a cobbler and have them zip soled. Zip soles (mine are by the brand Vibram) are thin rubber outersoles that a shoe repair shop can add to the bottom of a shoe to make it last longer.

before

Before zip soles

Walking in wet conditions, and even rough cement, will scuff, pit, stain, harden, and crack leather soles. And on marble or other surfaces you might as well be walking on ice. Zip soles add stability and grip too.

after

After zip soles

Zip soles comes in beige, black–even red–so they’ll blend in with the existing soles. It costs me $25/pair at Bailey’s Shoe Repair in Kirkland. That seems to be about the going rate and it’s well worth it to extend the life of a pair of shoes. You can always replace the zip soles if you wear them out but you can’t swap out the original leather soles!

Do you have any tips for making shoes and boots last?

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