I mentioned briefly in my last post that my much loved thrifted boots had started to leak. Apparently it only takes a couple of days after boots start leaking before they disintigrate. As these were my daily dog walking boots I couldn't wait to find a replacement.
I found these:
Virtually no wear with tread and maker's name intact (they are Scholl with leather uppers, made in Italy). They had a number of features I was looking for - they are brown, they have a low wedge heel (these are for walking), they are just the right width at the top for tucking skinny jeans in, they are padded and comfortable inside and they weren't expensive (£7.50).
Downside - the tops of the boots inside were pretty worn. This seems at odds with the intact treads (these are definitely not replacement soles - they are as one with the heel unit and still have the branding stamped in).
Maybe they were stored and started to degrade or maybe this was just a cheap finish.
Anyway I decided that rather carry on looking I would try a repair. I found some shiny brown ribbon in my stash. I don't generally buy ribbon so it's probably from a chocolate box or a gift. I pinned it to the boots, making sure to overlap the ends so that the cauterised ends covered the cut ends to prevent fraying.
I then hand-sewed the ribbon down at the top and bottom using a short running stitch and a sturdy needle. The whole repair took 30 minutes. Then I polished the boots (not that they really needed it, but it's the finishing touch).
New thrifted boots ready for action!
I know some people will find the idea of second-hand footwear disgusting. I can understand this viewpoint, obviously I bypass any pairs that look worn, dirty, squashed or moulded to the foot of their former owner, but there are plenty of new or very nearly new pairs out there waiting to be discovered. I am as happy with my 'new' boots as if I'd bought a new designer pair. What do you think? Is secondhand footwear something you would ever consider?
Happy sewing, 'til next time!