your cobbler is your friend
So, you know how over time your shoes get all worn down, especially on the sole and heel? Here's a tip for prolonging their lifespans and taking care of both your shoes and your feet.
When you buy a new pair of shoes, espcially ones with smooth leather soles that tend to get scuffed up very easily, take them to a decent cobbler and get him or her to put heel taps and traction soles on them. These are usually made out of rubber or Vibram (a great, durable material that provides a non-slip surface) and not only give you more traction, they give your shoes an extra layer on which to take all that wear and tear.
This is pretty much a necessity if you're living or walking around in a city on a regular basis. But even if you're not, this will help your shoes live long and prosper (heh).
I know when I buy new shoes, a trip to the cobbler is needed before I'll wear them out and about. Do all of you take advantage of your local cobblers? Any other great cobbler services to recommend?
If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot? --Gloria Steinem