OK, this title is a bit misleading.
It’s not a discount code – rather it’s a strategy I teach my cost-conscious friends who want great shoes but are on a very limited budget.
In this article I explain to you how to get an great pair of dress shoes at 1/4 to 1/5 the retail price of new ones by utilizing a rarely used service called shoe repair. Yes, in our disposable society they still repair shoes out there. The key is your shoes have to be good quality footwear – cheap glued shoes made from plastic and cardboard are meant to be thrown away. Quality leather footwear however can be maintained for decades and sometimes a man’s whole life.
Let’s dive in shall we……
Why Repair Your Footwear?
1. Repairing old quality footwear is more cost effective than buying a new quality shoes.
2. It’s better for the environment as less leather is used – the uppers are re-used.
3. Quality footwear that’s comfortable is better for your back, posture, and overall health.
What Types of Shoe Repair Services are out there?
These are very general categories, as every shoe is unique and the care it needs is often between these categories of service. However businesses have to price their services, and these are the most common shoe repair service packages you’ll run into.
Shoe repair basic – Cosmetic repair to include removing and polishing out scuff and deeper marks on the shoe, application of heel protection and small spot repairing of sole or upper damage. These repairs can be performed on a $25 pair of plastic dress shoes or a $2500 pair of John Lobbs. Any cobbler worth his salt can do these blind folded and hanging upside down.
Shoe re-soling – A more costly repair that includes removal and replacement of the shoe’s original sole with a new one that can be an exact replica of the original or perhaps something new the client wishes would have come with the original. This service is performed by companies such as Nushoe for a reasonable price, and in my opinion a good option of your shoes is of good quality but not at the Alden or Allen Edmonds level. Think Rockport or a designer brand.
Shoe re-crafting – The most costly repair but one that basically has you owning an almost brand new shoe. Allen Edmonds is a great example of a company that not only makes an excellent shoe that will serve you for a lifetime, but a company that backs up its product with unmatched service.
When the your $400 shoe’s sole is worn out after 10 years of hard use, they take it back and completely rebuild not only the sole but the inner cork, strip/refinish the leather uppers, and provide new laces. All for 1/3 the cost of a new pair. And the best part is they are guaranteed to fit just like your favorite dress shoe of old…..because they are your favorite shoe given a new lease on life.
Allen Edmonds provides its dress shoe re-crafting service starting at $99 for re-crafting.
Alden, another great American shoe company, provides this shoe re-crafting service for approximately $150
How to save 75% on a pair of $400 dress shoes
Time for me to back-up what I said in the title!
Simply look for a discarded pair of Aldens or Allen Edmonds with decent uppers. You can find them in thrift stores, online, and at garage sales for pennies on the dollar. I spoke with a man who found a great pair for $2 recently. And ask around – your father or uncle may have what you’re looking for sitting in his storage unit (these companies have been around a long time!).
Once you find a pair of shoes that fit you well – send them back to the original shoe manufacturer using one of the links above to have them re-crafted.
3 weeks later you’ll have a timeless pair of shoes for 25% the cost to buy them today new. Now that’s something any man can afford.