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One of the most common questions that we get asked is "why not just buy a new one?" in regards to repairing certain footwear and handbags. While it may seem like more trouble than it is worth in some cases, there are actually many benefits to bringing your pieces to a repair shop.

1. Sustainability

Repairing your already-loved pieces is environmentally friendly! In a world of "fast fashion" and "throwaway culture," millions of shoes, purses, and high-end accessories get tossed in the trash each year. These items are difficult to recycle (due to being made from multiple materials) and more often than not, are not biodegradable. When you choose to save your luxury items, you choose to save the planet 🌎

2. You Can Save đź’°

When you throw out your damaged or well-loved pieces, you practically toss your hard-earned money into the trash! Depending on the condition, restoring your luxury purse or pair of shoes can cost a fraction of the price it would take to buy a replacement from a department store. We always recommend consulting with us before deciding to toss your pieces in case it is worth saving or can be salvaged & turned into something new. That is why we have developed an online evaluation form that allows you to get in touch with our expert cobblers 24/7 from anywhere in the United States. The best part? It's always FREE.

3. Vintage, Rare, or No Longer in Production

Sometimes they just don't make them like they used to! Sometimes they just don't make them at all anymore. Other times, there are pieces that are only produced in limited quantities. In all of these cases, it is important to show these pieces some TLC by having a cobbler maintain or restore them to their original state (or as close to as possible). Often times these pieces re-sell for more than their original value or are worth saving to keep a unique piece in your collection and stand out from the crowd.

4. Sentimental Over Monetary Value

Sometimes the sentimental value is more important than its monetary value. Whether the piece has been passed down from generation to generation or has memories attached to it, this is a valid and common reason for visiting our shop or sending us your items in the mail (click here to get started on an online repair of your own).

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Here at Vince's Village Cobbler, we're not afraid to get creative when it comes to customizing your bags and footwear. Whether a customer comes in with a specific request or they need us to brainstorm a unique fix, we are always up for the challenge.

There are two main types of customization requests that we receive from customers...

1. Want

The first type of customization request that we receive is out of want. With this type, the item could be brand new or an older piece. Often if the item is new, it is bought with the intention of patina services or custom painting. It could also be brought in to be customized for an event (such as a wedding or sweet 16) or to be given as a gift. If the item is older, it has been likely been in the customer's closet for some time and no longer goes with their style. A simple fix for this could be a paint, dye, or color change, or changing a particular design feature.

2. Need

The second type of customization request is born out of necessity. These tend to be more popular among our clients. This is also our personal favorite because it often allows us to get creative and think outside of the box, while also challenging our expertise. This customization is often necessary in order to mask or restore damages made to the customer’s item. This could be a paint job that will mask a stain or a patch that will mask wear and tears. Another reason for a customization could be shoe discomfort, which can be fixed by adding a platform.

As always, the possibilities for customization at our shop are endless! If you are thinking about having a bag, pair of shoes, or accessory customized do not hesitate to DM us on instagram or submit an online evaluation form to see what we can do for you (even if you do not see an example of the service you'd like on our site).

Updated: Oct 2

Even if you are not a fan of the Christian Louboutin brand, there is a 99.9% chance you are familiar with their iconic red-painted soles and classic stiletto high-heels. Some of most recognizable and coveted in the industry, Louboutins are often seen as the "crème de la crème" of footwear. What is not as commonly recognized, however, is what goes into maintaining such a beautiful and delicate pair of shoes.

Here at Vince's Village Cobbler, we pride ourselves on being able to not only refurbish, but prevent against future damages that may occur during regular wear. In this particular repair, we took this classic pair of black patent-leather pumps and brought them back to life by replacing the thin, busted heel and adding rubber or "mirror" sole protectors to cover visible wear and prevent future damages.

Different Types of Red Soles Used for This Repair...

1. Leather Half-Soles

The most authentic looking restoration includes adding a new leather half-sole and painting it red. The common problem with this fix is that after only a few steps, the paint will immediately begin to chip and scratch. We often to do not recommend this repair as a long-term solution.

2. Red Mirror Sole Guards

The most popular option amongst customers is applying a red mirror sole guard on top of the damage. This is a great long-term solution. The rubber not only adds traction whilst walking, but does not scratch or fade.

3. Red Vibram Sole Guards

Vibram sole guards are another type of red rubber sole guard that can be placed over the wear and tear. Like the mirror soles, these are a great long-term solution as they do not fade or scratch. Along with this, they add even more traction due to their treaded texture.

Want to learn more about what the process of re-crafting such a delicate pair of shoes looks like? Watch the video below, where we partnered with Art Insider to give you an exclusive step-by-step đź‘€

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