Thursday, May 27, 2010

Boot Repair

In today's throw away culture, it's wonderful to see that some old-school traditions of repairing what you've got remain in tact. Here in Santa Fe, cowboy boots are a big part of the wardrobe for people from a lot of different backgrounds, and we have a boot repair shop that keeps everyone's kicks in good working order.

When I went into the shop for the first time last week, I was amazed at the number of boots they were working on. Shelves and shelves of boots in paper bags waiting to be picked up or worked on lined every wall.

I dropped off my pink cowboy boots, a yard sale find that turned out to be vintage Tony Lamas. The soles were in bad shape when I got them, and I haven't really been able to wear them due to the huge holes in the soles.

No more! I got my boots back yesterday, re-heeled and re-soled. They look fantastic. Even better, they have been touched by the hand of an individual craftsperson. I wore 'em out last night and stomped it up good.

1 comment:

Virginia ("Ginn") said...

My spouse had a shoe repair shop for several years - I found it interesting to visit with the customers. The shoes and boots he repaired were usually beautiful, cherished possessions and there were so many stories to share about where those shoes and boots had taken the owners. (FYI: we are also in Santa Fe and it appears we share the same cobbler!)
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