We all like to find a good deal, right? Especially when it comes to clothing - something that often changes with the times. What's popular today might not be popular tomorrow. (Of course, it might become popular again the day after tomorrow. Such is the cycle of fashion.)
If you like to find a good deal on shoes, The Today Show's website has compiled a great list of places where you find deals.
However, as if often the case when searching for bargains, there is a caveat: A lot of the inexpensive shoes you will find are inexpensive because they are poorly-made and will fall apart. Often within a few months.
It's something you have heard Zabellos tell you before: "Cheap" and a "Good Deal" are not the same thing. I have a pair of loafers that I bought on sale for $30. I loved the way they looked... for about one week. Then they quite literally started falling apart.
On the other hand, I have a pair of $300 Allen Edmonds dress shoes that I have owned for more than a decade now and, thanks to a classic Zabellos repair, look every bit as good as they did 12 years ago.
So which was the better deal? I could have purchased ten pairs of those loafers for the price of my dress shoes... but all ten pairs would have been gone within a couple of years. My dress shoes that seemed so expensive at the time (I was 23 when I bought them and $300 was a HUGE investment for me) turned out to be one of the best clothing bargains I have ever bought.
By all means, take a look at the discount shoe sites, and if you see a pair that you love, buy them. But just keep in mind that they might be poorly-made, and you might not be getting as good a deal as it first seems.
On the other hand, if you see a pair that seems expensive, keep in mind: They will probably last longer, and with a regular Zabellos repair every once in a while, they will last forever.
One of the main reasons we at Zabellos are always encouraging people to have their shoes repaired - you know, in addition to saving you a ton of money over your lifetime - is that, when you find a pair of shoes you truly love, you don't want to let them go. Not just because they fit wonderfully, but because of all the memories associated with them. Think about your favorite pair, and think about how many stories you can tell about times in your life when you had them on your feet.
And you know what else would make for a really cool story? "Oh, these shoes?.... Yeah, they used to be part of an airplane. They've flown around the world."
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Southwest Airlines is doing exactly that: they are sending 16 containers of used leather from their planes to Kenya in anticipation of it being turned into bags, soccer balls, and shoes.
Isn't that cool?
Of course, it's possible that none of you reading this will ever end up owning a pair of shoes made in Kenya from airline leather. But what if every airline started doing this, including making some shoes right here in America?
We are looking forward to the day that Zabellos gets to repair something leather from an old plane.
If Zabellos has told you once, we've told you a million times (okay, maybe only 100 times, but still): If your shoes don't fit right, you are in for a world of pain!
So why do we bring it up again? An article in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago, that reveals that half the women surveyed (and one-third of the men) admit to buying shoes that don't fit right.
Also, our feet are getting bigger. The average shoe size has increased two sizes in the last 40 years. And our feet sometimes increase as the years go by, too. It's important that we all measure our feet from time to time.
(Personal note: I thought for years I was a size 12... until I had my feet measured two years ago when I bought the Dr. Martens, above. I learned that my feet were now a size 13, and that's all I buy now.)
Sometimes people find a pair of shoes that they love, only the shoes are a little too tight, and they think Oh well, they are a little uncomfortable, but they look so good, I'll just deal with the discomfort in my feet.
This is a really, REALLY bad idea. First of all: It won't just be your feet that hurt. Yes, they will be the most noticeable part of your body that hurts, but when your feet start hurting, you start walking in an unnatural way to compensate. This throws off your whole body and suddenly your back and neck are killing you. Our feet are the base for everything we do. If they are hurting, our whole body will be hurting.
Second, you don't HAVE to suffer when you find a pair that you like, even if they are a little too small. You can send them in to Zabellos and we can most likely stretch them for you - at least half a size. When people think of Zabellos, they think of top-quality shoe repairs. But we can do so much more.
At any rate, whether your use Zabellos or not, make sure you find the right size. It really is that important.
We all have our favorite style of shoe that we wear in the summer, right? Just the other day, we wrote about canvas shoes that I like to wear all the time.
Another popular style this summer is the "flatform" - an elevated shoe that uses a big platform and thus gives the height advantage of wearing high heels, without the discomfort.
However, they can also be incredibly unsteady shoes, a fact which is magnified when they are worn on uneven surfaces. It not only makes it more likely that you will fall, but also that you will put unecessary stress on your feet.
But we do know a LOT of people who love the way they look. So if you have to wear them, be careful, and alwaya make sure your pair is in good shape. If not - if the platforms are becoming uneven and need some repair work - be sure to aend them in to Zabellos!
As much as Zabellos loves shoes, and as much as we take tremendous pride in our shoe-repairing skills... I have to admit that I don't always get my shoes repared!
Every summer I but a brand-new pair of canvas shoes from Old Navy. They're comfortable, they last a long time, and they are very affordable. (The retail price is around $25, but it seems like they're always on sale. I paid $15 for this summer's pair.)
How come I get a new pair if they last so long? Well, I just like the way they look when they're new. And then the next summer comes and I donate the old pair to Goodwill.
I get all of my leather shoes repaired so that they will last forever. But my comfy canvas shoes that I wear a lot in the summer... well, I don't get those repaired.
What about you? Do you have a laid-back pair that you wear a lot in the summer?
Well, there's no question it's summer now, everywhere around the country. In Zabellos home of Southern California, the temperatures will be pushing triple digits over the holiday weekend.
Some of you probably have your summer shoes all lined up for the season. But some of you - especially some of you men (including me) - might not be too sure what to wear on your feet this summer.
Thankfully, Esquire's always-excellent style blog has the perfect guide for you: The Summer Shoes Every Man Needs for 2014.
From white bucks for pairing with a suit at summer weddings, to boat shoes for laid-back barbecues, to Espadrilles, which Zabellos has already told you are perfect for the summer.
Take a look at the guide. A lot of the shoes are less than $100... but, of course, if you already have a pair in your closet that need some repairs, send them in to Zabellos. We'll get them back to you in less than a couple of weeks and you'll have a pair that looks and feels brand new... for a lot less than the price of a new pair!
Kevin Durant - the reigning NBA MVP and star of the the Oklahoma City Thunder - has teamed with Nike to release the latest shoe carrying his name: KD7 35,000 Degrees.
35,000 Degrees is the temperature of a lightning strike.
The shoe has a bright mango upper and a grey outsole, with graphics resembling the weather in Oklahoma - clouds and swishes resembling lightning.
The shoe always has the name of KD's father, mother, brother and sister.
In addition to this color, there will be others offered, including a red, white and blue version next week for the 4th of July.
What do you think of the shoe? Personally, I usually don't like famous NBA player's shoes at all... but I admit I really like this one.
Many of us - at least I hope I'm not alone here - have a pair of shoes that we rarely wear, that sits in our closet and we think Hmm, why exactly did I buy that? It's UGLY!
Personally, I have a pair of sandals in my closet. I've had them for years. I don't remember where I got them. They are ugly and I don't think I will ever wear them again... but I won't lie, I thought of them when I came across this article this morning: "When Ugly Shoes Are Cool."
It seems that sandals are all the rage this summer, even the really ugly ones.
So ask yourself - do you have a pair of sandals in your closet that you can wear again this summer, now that they are in style? And remember, if you have a pair that is worn out - as they often are - Zabellos can repair them for you. If you place your order today, we can get them back to you before the REALLY hot weather starts.
Independece Day is two weeks from tomorrow. This year is flying by!
What do you for the 4th of July? Barbecues? Parade? The beach? What do you wear during the day? I mean, probably shorts and a t shirt. But what about on your feet?
If you feel like wearing some patriotic footwear, here are two options for you:
What do you think? Would you ever buy a pair of shoes that you can pretty much only wear one day out of the year without looking silly? (I'm not sure I would - but I admit if I had one of these shoes I would probably wear them on the 4th.)
Okay, guys, if you don't want to repair your shoes to save money, or to stay stylish, or to guarantee your favorite pair of shoes lats forever... maybe this will get your attention: Shoes are more important to women than sex.
According to an article in Time Magazine, some women are not only more turned on by shoes than physically intimacy, more than 50% of the women surveyed admit that they judge others based on footwear.
Knowing that women might judge you on your shoes, doesn't it make sense to use a company like Zabellos, who can take your favorite shoes and make them look as good as new? Especially when you consider that you don't have to do ANYTHING yourself. You place your order online, Zabellos will send you all the packaging to ship your shoes to us for repair, and in 8-10 business days you will have your shoes back in your possession.
There really is no reason to not give Zabellos a try. And there are quite a few reasons you should!