Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Clean 'er up

Tee - Gap, thrifted
Skirt - made by Tamera, gift
Harness - Audra Jean, etsy
Ride boots - Cydwoq

I got all gussied up to go check out a new boot and leather repair shop. I ebay'd an incredible pair of chelsea  Frye boots for an absolute steal. I was prepared for taking them to the shop. I was right when they arrived, they needed just a little TLC. The repair guy gushed over how good of a deal I got and told me the boots would last forever if I took care of them.

I'm super pumped though because I could never get a pair of Frye boots broken in. I've owned two pairs before, a pair of heeled boots and a pair of the 8R harness. The leathers are built to last. But the pair I ebayed were nice and squishy, right at that good comfortable point. Once they're fixed up, they'll be my go-to pair I already know.

However I'm wearing my current favorite pair of boots. My Cydwoqs! I'm happy to show these off to the leather guy. I browsed around at the vintage cowboy boots too, but sadly, my tootsies were too small for any they had.

Do you get your shoes repaired or resoled? Have you got a "shoe guy"?


  1. There's a really nice shoe repair shop in my neighborhood. It is definitely worth having a go to person for shoes, since it can extend their life by so long.

  2. Oooh, congrats on the pre-broken Fryes! I love my 12R Harness boots, but they're really heavy and stiff-soled, so they don't get as much wear as they deserve.

    Just today I actually managed to thrift a pair of boots -- bright blue boots! -- that actually fit my gigantic feet. We've got a good traditional cobbler just down the road from us, so my re-sole and re-heeling needs are met.

  3. Congrats on a good buy! I am a regular at the shoe-repair place with my boots and booties -- like you, I want them to last for many years.

  4. I think it's so important to take good care of your shoes. You can get so much more wear out of resoled shoes, plus save heaps of money. Good show on the great deal!

  5. I have so many pairs of shoes that I seldom need to re-heel them, much less re-sole them, but I have done it when they needed it. I do treat my good shoes (Fluevogs, etc.) right and make sure I protect the leather.

  6. In this little community where I live we have 3 great shoe repair places and if I've spent more than 100.00 on a pair I'll get them resoled or repaired if I can. I often think that in another lifetime I was a cobbler in Europe. Oh, and I was a little old man too. ;)
    Cute addition to your outfit with the leather harness. It suggests something naughty/edgy, but not too much.

  7. I haven't gone to a re-soler ever because I am one of those people who just wears them down until they fall apart to bits. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these boots you got on, lady! they are awesome!
    ♥ laura
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  8. I keep forgetting to find a shoe guy. On the list for tomorrow!

  9. Fabulous boots! I don't have a shoe guy...sounds like a good person to know ;)

  10. I've never taken shoes in to be repaired - but I've wanted to before. I think it's a good idea, especially if the shoes were well made to begin with. Might as well extend the life as much as you can!

    I love your skirt - it makes me think of spring!

  11. I've taken some to be repaired-worth the money!! I want a pair of Fryes!!
    You look adorable as always!

  12. Gosh, why did the Frye person let them go, if they were all broken in? No matter, your win!

    I do have a shoe guy, he is great. Some of my shoes go for regulr treatments (I walk a lot), others go because they need resurrecting. He likes to sadly shake his head with those, but always pulls off a great repair.

    1. Possibly because some people don't realize they can get them repaired!! Mine needed new heel taps.

  13. I would love a pair of real Fryes, but my boss was kind enough to gift me the harness boots you saw in the post I had on my blog and I've never splurged because these are awesome knock-offs. (Target.com makes them) I'm so jealous of your ebay score! Can't wait to see them!

    Your outfit, hair and shoes in this post make me happy. Every post you do just makes me so happy and gives me such inspiration. I would love a harness so hard.

  14. Boots! I love boots! Your collection is really coming together. I can't wait to see your Fryes. I've used a cobbler numerous times for resoling and other repairs and alterations on shoes. It's totally worth it on a quality pair of shoes.

  15. I'm getting a shoe guy for sure. I have three pairs in a bag, including the lovely dark blue ones you gave me (strap broke on one). My Frye riding boots also arrived in terrific condition and broken in just right. I'm going to take them for a little shoe spa/spiffing up when the weather gets warmer. For now, they are my go-to boots.

    I do so love your Cydwoqs.

  16. P.S. The Reports you gave me are also in the bag. Getting spiffed and trying to think of something amazing but not twee to replace chain. I'm looking at vintage shoe buckles on eBay and Etsy.

  17. I used to have a great shoe guy but unfortunately he retired. No one compares. Lucky you to get broken in Fryes!
    Love the blue in that skirt and of course your Cydwoqs.


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