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Sole Love

4 years ago by

Sole Love

How many lives do our shoes have in them?

I’m a firm believer in wearing to the very last wear …

I’ll get shoes I’ve invested in re-soled several times until the cobbler gives me that look dispelling any hope my favorite boot is repairable. In school, I remember learning about price per wear – so dividing how much you spent on a pair of shoes and dividing how often you wore them (that goes for any item really). Ultimately deciding, was it worth it, the cost?

Giving your shoes a little update – generally between $15 – $40 depending on how tough you are on your feet, seems like a small price to pay to keep wearing something you love. And then, there’s always the option to donate too ! Double the soul nourishment, right?


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  • I have shoes with literal holes in them that I still can’t stop wearing. They weren’t expensive to begin with (though they’ve lasted me through sooo many wears), that it’s hard for me to justify fixing them. WHAT DO I DO?!

  • I totally understand you!
    I think these shoes are worth repairing if it prolongs their wearability at least for a year. Of course it might be possible that the holes cannot be repaired…

    I have too many such shoes. I have large feet and shoe shopping is awful. So I try to keep the ones I have. Some look desperate, though… :)


  • Kind of gross but what do people do about their flats when they start to get dirty/smelly inside? I have a spray for the inside but it just acts to cover up scents instead of removing them. I have a hard time spending money on flats which is mostly what I wear because I find that after 6-8 months the insides get funky. I’ll re-sole them but end up usually throwing them out in under a year..

  • You can wear flip flops at home, since I do this I don’t have to throw my flats every year anymore :).

  • One thing to try is putting them in a sealed bag and putting them in the freezer for a while. It will kill the bacteria that causes the bad smell.

  • Hey! the best tip I have is to clean the inside soles with a bit of alochol! it kills the bacteria that cause the nasty smell!

  • Stephanie Henry December, 1 2016, 2:10 / Reply

    Okay, so I buy used shoes at thrift stores (stay with me!), so it’s like they have third- or fourth-life! I love that they’re already “broken in,” super cheap, and unique and stylish (Seattle thrift stores are amazing.) And if they need a little update, I don’t feel so bad making that investment : )

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