As part of my slow fashion journey, I’ve committed to purchasing ethically made clothing but I’ve also started learning more about the ways that I can take care of the things I already have. I realized the need for a shift in perspective when my favorite pair of booties were wearing thin and the first thought I had was to throw them out. Suddenly I thought, why would I throw these away when I love them so much? My next thought was okay now I’ve gotta get these fixed. I had already heard some really great things about Peabody Shoe Repair, so I decided to go for it and now I can’t believe it took me so long to go see them. After connecting with Katie on Instagram, I was thoroughly shocked at how much more they can do there than just fixing the soles on your shoes.
What can they do?
Shortening purse straps
This can be helpful for us shorter women. By shortening the straps, you can have the purse that you love no matter what the length is.
The struggle is real when it comes to breaking in your shoes sometimes. Depending on the leather/shoe, sometimes it can take more than a handful of wear to get your new shoes to a place where they feel good. Shoe stretching helps alleviate those painful blisters and makes your new favorite shoes easier to wear.
Adding holes to belts and purses
My size can fluctuate a bit so having the ability to add holes to belts sounds ideal. Instead of having to buy a new belt for those “off days”, I can just add to my current one and get even more wear out of it.
Replacing heels and soles of shoes
This is part of what I actually had done and it is truly incredible how it can bring your shoes back to life. The soles on my booties were so worn down that it felt like I was just walking on the ground. After fixing the soles, they feel good to walk in again and I’m sure I’ll get another few years of wear out of them. On these particular booties, they were also able to patch the heels where parts had chipped off.
Peabody can also replace zippers which is amazing because I remember the days of thinking that once a zipper was done it was time to say goodbye.
Last but not least...
Weather proofing is one more thing that can be done to ensure the safety of your favorite shoes. These Nisolo boots are my favorite, but I was finding it hard to wear them with the unpredictable Nashville weather. Now, I can feel much better about wearing them rain or shine.
Repair or replace?
For me, this has become a common question, do I repair it or replace it? Whether it's a shirt, a pair of shoes, or a pair of jeans I've been asking the same thing of all of them. It's come down to two main ideas for me; is it worth the investment? Am I going to continue wearing it? In the case of my booties, I wear them just about everyday during the winter and I absolutely love them. And the cost to repair vs. the cost to replace was slightly less but then I also thought of it in terms of limiting waste. If I use what I have and don't invest in creating something new, that's one less item that has to be produced. When I come across pieces that are damaged but I don't really wear anyways, I've begun to recognize I no longer need them and they should go to someone who can get better use out of them. Again, a way of limiting waste and giving things new life!
If you’re in Nashville, Peabody Shoe Repair is such a dream! I had the best experience there and everyone was so helpful. Their prices are fair and they do quality work. I’ve loved getting to learn about how I can love my things even more. If you're not in Nashville, Yelp can be a great resource to look for your nearest shoe repair shop.
Note: Thank you, Peabody, for the discounted shoe repair for this post. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. Thank you for reading and helping spread the word about ethical fashion and sustainability!