Monday, June 25, 2007

The Healing Process

Cradling the shoebox in both hands, I entered my shoe guy's store today and said, "Something bad happened."

And David looked at them, made appropriately sympathetic noises, and then instantly performed five minutes of magic on the heel of my recently-sullied sandal:

It's not perfect, but you have to be up pretty close to the damage to see that it's there. And when you think about it, it's very rare that anyone is closer than five feet or so to another person's shoes. Even if you're standing right next to them, you still have to look down.

And so I'm feeling a lot better. The healing process (I would like a few kudos for resisting the obvious and terrible pun) has begun. Me and my Dodos are war buddies now -- we sustained some injuries, but we came out the other side and our relationship is all the more meaningful for having been through it together.

The really beauty part? David didn't even charge me. He's so sweet. So. If you live in Austin & you need some work done on your shoes, here's where you go:

Abraham's Shoe Repair
11005 Burnet Road #103
Austin TX 78758
(The Donut Store is not part of the repair business, although that might be interesting...)

Go in, have a chat with David. He's the nicest guy. And while I was there today, I ran this issue by him, that a reader had sent in:

I recently bought some cute, brown leather flats from Nine West for work. They squeak when I walk. I have discovered the squeaking comes from when I put pressure on the heel. Is there anything I can do for this?

David says he'd really have to look at the shoe to figure out exactly what's going on -- chances are that there is something on the inside of the heel that's loose & rubbing together when you step down on it, hence the squeaking. Unfortunately, probably the only way to fix this is to take the shoe apart, and I don't know if you want to make that much of a commitment. However, Squeaky Shoe Syndrome is one of the most annoying afflictions you can be burdened with south of the ankles, so it may be worth it to you.

Thanks for all those who sent sympathy and lit candles for my poor mutilated Manolo. You're all very sweet.

Photos: Style Spy,

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Anonymous said...

YIPPEE you have peace again . And to reader with squeaky shoes , try baby powder or any nice smelling powder . If it works on hardwood floors it just may work on shoes. MWAH k

Rhiannon said...

David doesn't know it yet, but he is going to be my new best friend. I *JUST* scraped the heel of my brand!new! Brian Atwood d'orsays. Thanks for posting this.

StyleSpy said...

R -- Oh, nooooooooo!!! You have all my sincerest sympathies. Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad he was able to fix it!! Hooray!!!!!!!!