Frugal Idea #23

Time heals all wounds. When it comes to “Heeling”, all you need is time….or 1 week max.

My work dress shoes were in need of some desperate TLC (Tender Loving Care). It all started with just a need for a simple shine. Every day at my desk, I would look down and be ashamed of my shoes.  I had participated in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) during High School where I learned to shine and polish my black shoes (always topped with a little extra spit of course). As an adult, I have learned that 1) I do not have a lot of time to shine the shoes and 2) I really hate shining shoes. For years, I had a bad habit of buying instant shoe shine products for a quick rub and once the shoes looked old and tired, I donated them and bought a new pair of shoes. Working in a business professional environment, I overheard the ladies of the office discuss reheeling their high heels. From my understanding, it was poor form to have the metal spike show and the metal clicks on the floor to the water cooler was not a good sound. For an affordable price, the advice of the office was to take your worn out shoes to Boat Feet Shoe Repair, which happened to be around the corner. I decided to take 4 pairs of shoes for a quick shine and polish and I quickly learned a thing or two about shoes.

As the shoe repair employee inspected each shoe, he showed me the bottoms. The bottoms were uneven and worn down. He explained that I have been walking unevenly and therefore the shoes may be affecting my back. That made complete sense! I had complained of back issues for a long time.  Someone once told me to never go cheap on shoes. Shoes take care of your feet and you are on your feet most of the day. Why had I only focused on the top of shoes and never the bottoms? The employee recommended I resole and reheel all pairs. He assured me they would all be fixed within the week and reminded me that it was cash only. The resole and reheel both came with complimentary shines. At the end of the week, I was excited to pick up my shoes and they looked great. Not only did they look clean, but the bottoms looked fresh as if I had just purchased them from the store. All completed within a fraction of the price of purchasing new shoes.

Confession: I now look at all the men’s shoes during the meetings. I have noticed who is in need of a good reheel. I secretly try to bring this topic up at the water cooler. Just a little tip as we sip our water and chat on our feet.

Shoe Repair Shops in San Francisco (Union Square and Tenderloin) with 4 stars or more on Yelp:

  • Jack’s Shoe Repair – 388 Market St.
  • Shoe Craft – 441 Stockton St.
  • Francisco’s Shoe Shop – 704 Geary St.

Personal Fave: Boat Feet Repair Shop – 1212 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94403. (650) 349-0883

Instead of buying new shoes, resole and reheel for a fraction of the price!

Instead of buying new shoes, resole and reheel for a fraction of the price!



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