Do you have a shoe guy?

3 Oct

Recently, I bought a dress online from JCrew that was on sale for $30. It was originally $130. It was orange-ish and I have a yearly event that requires orange clothing. (Long story.) It had pockets. It was in my size. It was $100 off.

Even still, I might not have bought it because it was strapless. I’m small busted and strapless dresses rarely fit me right off the rack. The reason I was willing to risk it? I have someone who does alterations.

I also have a regular dry cleaner. I have a friend — and my mother-in-law — who can handle small jewelry repairs, and I’m looking for a legit jeweler to check the setting on my wedding rings.

I have some place that handles my shoes. Several years ago, I was complaining the pins of my favorite pair of heels had worn through and a friend suggested this cobbler in town. It was a revelation. $10 and a couple days later, my favorite shoes had brand new soles. I wore them for another two years. Recently, I discovered that my cobbler also will punch extra holes in belts — FOR FREE.

Everything I’m wearing in this outfit has been altered or repaired in some way and, obviously, I’m thrilled about it. (Actually, I have a cold and, at the moment this was taken, was wondering what the heck was taking my husband so long to get the picture.)

Basically, what I’m saying is, it takes a village to keep me clothed. I would love to be the kind of person who can repair her own clothes — and thanks to hem tape, I can handle at least one thing — but I’m just not really. Finding someone who can handle these repairs allows me to make impulse purchases like this dress or those shoes, which I bought online for $8. They had a tiny tear on the side that cost $8 to fix, so I spent a whopping $16 on handmade shoes from Brazil (according to the label).

 Good as new.

I also feel comfortable spending a little extra on things like heels for work knowing I can wear them down to the pins and get them resoled for next to nothing.

The best way to find good “people” — cobblers, seamstresses, et al — is word of mouth, I think. Ask your coworkers or friends, people who have lived in your town longest, where they go and chances are, you’ll find someone good.

Do you have people?

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4 Responses to “Do you have a shoe guy?”

  1. Sarah Lena (@SarahLena) October 3, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I do have a shoe guy! In fact, we happened upon him accidentally. Tony has a foot deformity that leaves one leg significantly shorter than the other. The specialist priced us out some $200 shoes (!!) and someone tipped me off that a local cobbler specialized in adding lifts to existing sneakers. BOOM. He’s now a family friend and saves us BEAUCOUP cash.

  2. Jesabes October 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I don’t have ANY people! I’d love to at least have an alterations guy.

  3. Erica October 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I love my local bike shop! They have been teaching me how to do maintenance and small repairs which is good in case something happens out on the road. I know it’s not exactly clothes people but its people. Yay people!

  4. elleinadspir October 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I totally agree. Having good peeps that you can turn to really helps. House stuff as well as personal stuff. I have a full vendor list!

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