Do you like these shoes? Can you guess how old they are?
Ready? I bought them circa 1998.
I was actually wearing these when I gave pedicures to our clients back when we first opened RBL (a.k.a. rescue aromatherapy nail spa). I think Simon Doonan wrote an article about me in these shoes for The Wall Street Journal.
And this delicate beauty that I wear every season? from circa 2000.
Like a typical New Yorker, I walk endlessly and the subway is my personal driver. In fact, I don’t even know how to drive a car. I trashed my shoes like this:
And my husband begged and pleaded for me to throw them out last summer. But guess who brought them back to life? The Leather Spa
They’ve revamped their company and have now moved across the street from their old location and now you too can receive their service via the Internet.
I highly recommend letting The Leather Spa help you with your shoe needs. Under the notes section, just write “make it new,” which is exactly what I say to the boys when I drop my shoes off. And they do this season after season for all of my shoes. I’ve used their service since 1995.
Being a wedge-aholic has its upside to reason with, since I invest in expensive shoes. If I can revamp them to be as good as new, I can digest the prices more gently, especially for a classic, non-trendy pair of shoes.
The people at The Leather Spa are wizards at repairing bags and re-dying those hideous white satin shoes to a chic black or dark navy. There is always a line out the door and lucky for you, you can rehab all your shoes to its former glory via the postal service.
And a note to my fellow New Yorkers—many apologies ahead of time for sharing this secret with my peeps.
P.S. If you mail your forlorn boots from last season or even before, you might just rehab them just in time before fashion week deluge begins in September. Yes, they grace their geniuses on too many runways to count.