SERVICES & PRODUCTS
All shoe repairs – men and women
Belts - some repairs, additional holes
Some minor handbag repairs (i.e. repairing stitches)
Top quality cream polishes in a rainbow of colors
“I trust Ed. He does a great job on my good work shoes and tells me when it’s not worth it to repair my cheap heels.”
“My shoes always look like new after Ed repairs them.”
“I’ve been bringing my family’s shoes to Ed for years now, and everyone is always happy with his work.”
“I brought in a pair of shoes to Ed for repairs. He was familiar with the brand and recommended that, instead of paying for repairs, I write to the manufacturer for a new pair. I followed his recommendation and got a brand new pair of shoes!”
ED’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FOOTWEAR MAINTENANCE
Sometimes a pair of shoes is an investment, other times they’re just your favorite pair. They could be your most comfortable shoes, or the pair that seem to go with just about everything. Anyway you look at it, you’re dreading that day when they can’t be worn any longer. To push that day as far in to the future as possible, follow Ed’s tips and recommendations:
Tip #1) Wet shoes
Soaking wet shoes (especially leather shoes) are at severe risk of being a total loss. Once dry, they curl and become distorted. They will be unsightly and won’t feel the same again. Avoid this by placing simple, inexpensive shoe trees in wet shoes and then be patient while they dry. Whatever you do, do NOT place them near any heat sources in hopes of speeding the process; you’ll only make matters much worse.
Tip# 2 Replace soles Look at the soles of your shoes periodically, checking for wear. You can wait for a while to repair soles, but if you allow a hole to exceed the size of a dime, irreparable damage may occur.
Tip #3) Polish your shoes
People often wonder when they should polish their shoes. The answer is simply any time they look a little shabby. If you use a good quality paste or cream polish, you not only restore their look, but you feed the leather with much needed moisture and help prolong their life.
Tip #4) Suede and fabric shoes –
Love suede or the wonderful colors and patterns available in fabric shoes? Well, to keep them bright and soft, be sure to apply one or two coats of water repellant spray as soon as you bring them home. Refresh the coating a few times each year.
Tip #5) Breathe!
Ok.. here’s a classic… Many women carefully pack the insides of their dress or off-season shoes with rolled up plastic shopping bags, then store them in yet another plastic bag, or in plastic storage boxes. While their goal was to protect their favorite shoes, what they have done is sentenced their shoes to a fate worse than death! ALL SHOES MUST BREATHE! It doesn’t matter what they are made from… never store them in plastic.
Tip #6) How much to spend on a repair?
There are no hard and fast rules; however, it is important to weigh the cost of a repair against the original investment and current condition of the shoes. You can trust that I will never recommend repairing shoes if I don’t believe they have enough life remaining to warrant the cost, or when it’s more cost-effective to buy new.
Tip #7) Repairing women’s heels
Always repair women’s heels when the rubber cap is lost or when the nail is showing. Wearing heels that are in disrepair greatly increases your chances of slipping or falling. You may also damage the shoe beyond repair, not to mention potentially damaging floor surfaces and making you a not so welcome guest at parties.
Tip #8) Preventing wear
Adding sole guards (which are a thin rubber sole cover) and heel wear protectors can extend the life of original materials.
Other recommendations for shopping, selecting and fitting shoes
1) In order to reduce inventory, retailers are offering fewer sizes. Resist the urge to buy that style you love even if it is the wrong size. Shop around; check online. It will be worth the effort… both your feet and shoes will be thankful.
2) No two feet are created equal. This even applies to your own two feet! Always fit the larger foot, and utilize fitting aides to adjust for the smaller foot.
3) Generally speaking, the best time of day to try on new shoes is at the end of the day. Feet usually swell toward the end of the day. Shopping later in the day may help reduce the risk of buying a pair of shoes that will be uncomfortable.
4) When shopping for shoes, look for the materials label. Avoid man made (synthetic) uppers if you can, as they do not break in well and don’t breathe.
5) If you fall in love with a synthetic shoe, that’s fine. Just don’t pay a lot for them and don’t expect that extensive repairs can be made.
6) When a shoelace breaks, bring the good one to the store so that you can match the color and length perfectly.
7) Wetting shoes with a stretching liquid and wearing them while wet will reduce the break-in period. Do not do this with water… only stretching liquid is made for this purpose.
8) Some shoes can be made a wider. If your shoes are pinching, bring them to the shop so I can assess them and potentially widen them so they fit more comfortably.
9) Be certain your shoe repair shop has the right equipment for the job or you may be very disappointed. Many shops can not even stitch soles.