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.