Long goes the time when garments were primarily worn for their functional aspect. Nowadays, to an extent, everything revolves much more about aesthetic and presentation. However, there’s one item that still maintains its original intent and always will: shoes.
From all the items which comprise your wardrobe, footwear is probably the one most subject to stress on a daily basis. The everyday wear takes a huge toll on your shoes, even if at times, we can’t seem to notice it. Apart from moisture and repetitive movements that crease and degrade the leather uppers, soles are constantly under pressure from your body weight and in contact with all kinds of hazardous surfaces. It comes to no surprise that they’re the first element of the shoe to require adequate maintenance from professionals.
Sure, rotating your stock daily and leaving them to rest with proper cedar shoe trees drastically increases their lifespan and durability, but there’s little you can do to avoid sole damage. Recently, I had to have two of my favourite pairs repaired as the leather soles were dangerously worn out, exposing the stitching and making them devoid of grip. Upon taking them to my local cobbler and prior to undergoing a full resoling, we decided to apply a protective Vibram layer to safeguard the stitching and increase grip. Available in a variety of colors to ensure a perfect match with the original, you can get the job done for a mere 12€ at your local cobbler…