There have been several stories in the news lately about whether or not you should ask guests to remove their shoes when visiting your home. Even the Wall Street Journal chimes in today with a story about the trend.
There are certainly benefits to not having guests remove their shoes: It keeps the floors cleaner, and it keeps germs out of the home. For people who have young children at home, especially those who are crawling around the house, these benefits are even stronger.
On the other hand, many people consider it extremely rude to make requests of guests. We have heard more than one person claim "It my job to make my guests feel comfortable; it is not their job to make me more comfortable."
Personally speaking, I would never ask a guest to remove his or her shoes... but I have zero problem when people ask me to remove my shoes when I am a guest in their house. It's not a big deal to me.
One things that IS a big deal, however: When you are in a house where everyone has removed their shoes, nine times out of ten they are all piled by the front door. Everyone can see your shoes, and if you are one of the last guests to leave, everyone will see your shoes! You don't want to have the most beat-up pair of shoes, do you? (Or the flip side - wouldn't it be fun to have the prettiest shoes in the pile?)
It seems like this is a growing trend. Make sure you don't get stuck with the nastiest shoes! Check out Zabellos repair options today.
As we pointed our the other day, most of the country has had - and is still suffering through - one of the most brutal winters in a long time. We know most of you are hoping that spring is right around the corner.
In Southern California, it has been ridiculously warm. (This sounds great but there's a flip side to that: It is an awful drought and millions of farmers and people who depend upon water are in bad shape right now.) This weekend, however, we are experiencing the strongest storm to hit us in at least three years. Zabellos is hoping that everyone who is in a flood-danger or landslide area is safe this weekend.
We can't do anything about protecting your house, but - though it seems small in comparison - we can certainly help you with protecting your shoes. Whether you want to protect your shoes for the next rains, or you need them cleaned up after a weekend spent in the yard sweeping up water after the storm, we've got you covered. Just check out our website and/or shoot us an email and let us know what you need, and we'll help.
And trust me, waterproofing and repairing your shoes will make them last a long time. The above picture is my beloved Timberland boots, which I have had since I was a teenager. I was living in New York City in the fall of 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit. I did not suffer any damage, so one day I volunteered to clean up a park that had been hammered by the rains and debris. I wore my Timberlands, and, after working more than four hours in puddles of water, they were pretty beat up.
But I took them home, let them air dry, and just three days later, the above is what they looked like. Just a few minor stains! You know why? I used a shield to protect them before I did my volunteer work.
If you need a shield of your own, please check out our accessories page. It's not magic, it won't protect your shoes against everything, but it is truly remarkable what it will do.
So let us know if you need anything, but most importantly, STAY SAFE this weekend!
As lovers of shoes, we at Zabellos read news stories, websites, and blogs about shoes all the time. We like to stay up to date on the newest styles, the newest trends, the wacky new designs, and all manner of things related to shoes.
Unfortunately, one of the things that we notice quite frequently are stories about shoe repair places closing down. There is not a month that goes by without a story about a longtime cobbler hanging up his shoes.
There are two main reasons for this. One is a phenomenon that we have written about before: These days, people often choose to throw their shoes away rather than have them repaired. In some cases, cheaply-made shoes just aren't worth repairing. (Although, as we have pointed out many times, it is always less expensive in the long run to buy a quality pair of shoes - even if they are expensive - and have them repaired, as they will literally last forever that way.)
The other reason that comes up is that the cobblers are all older - almost always senior citizens - and they just don't have the energy to continue with the cobbling lifestyle. In many cases, they tried to pass on the thrill of shoe repair to the younger generations, only to find that their offspring were not interested.
Fortunately for Zabellos (and our customers), the passion for shoe repair goes back so many generations that there is no way it will leave us. It's in our blood now. Going back generations to the European art of shoemaking, we at Zabellos have been doing this for so long that there is no way we will ever stop. We are all Americans now, but the Old World ways are in our blood.
The only thing that has changed is that now, in the 21st Century, we make it MUCH easier for you to get your favorite shoes repaired. In fact, all you have to do is place your order online: You don't even have to leave home! We send you the packaging, we repair your shoes, we mail them back. It couldn't be easier.
And we still get a thrill out of hearing the testimonials from our satisfied customers. We promise we will always be here to provide your shoes with a quality repair.
Is there anyone out there who isn't looking forward to spring? Most of the country keeps getting hammered with nasty weather; it seems like every day we are hearing or reading about tragic weather-related stories. (As I wrote the other day, I was in New York City in late January and it was literally the coldest I've ever been.) We know all those people are waiting for spring.
In California, we're in the middle of the worst drought on record. This winter obviously isn't going to bring any rain; all we can hope for now is a wet spring.
With the anticipation of spring, it's natural for our thoughts to turn to warmer-weather wardrobe. How are your spring shoes? Any of them in need of repair/being spruced up for the nicer weather?
Just in case you're sitting someplace dreary this morning and want a distraction, here are a couple of links to spring shoe styles:
Reading the stories, one thing jumps out at me: Heels are in this year! Of course, heels wear down and sometimes break. If that happens to you - or if it's already happened - fear not, Zabellos can repair pretty much any heel we've ever seen. So don't worry about shelling out for a new pair this spring; We can keep them looking new forever. And if you have an older pair in need of repair, send them our way! We guarantee you will be pleased.
Did you ever see Back to the Future Part ii? While not quite the American classic that the original was, it was still an entertaining movie. And it gave us a glimpse into what we could only hope was the future. It seemed like everyone was obsessed with the hoverboards that the people use to float all over the town... but we at Zabellos, of course, were much more fascinated with the shoes! Remember them? They were Nikes, and they were self-lacing! All you had to do was slip them on and the shoe would do the rest.
As we've gotten closer to 2015, it has become apparent that many of the things promised in the 1989 movie just aren't going to be here in 2015. Cars that fly, boards that hover, pizzas that hydrate themselves... it's not happening. But it turns out the self-lacing shoes just might be a reality!
According to ABC News, Nike is promising that the shoes will be here next year.
What do you think? Are they really going to be here? Or is this a clever marketing hoax? And if they really do produce them, would you want a pair?
We don't know a lot about the shoes yet, but it seems safe to guess that they will be expensive. So you will for sure want to send those babies in to Zabellos to get them repaired if you manage to score a pair!
After generations of shoemaking and shoe repair, we like to say we've seen it all. But I guess we haven't.... yet!
It's brutal in most of the country right now. We won't dwell on the fact that it was 85 today in Zabellos's backyard... that would just be rude. I was in New York City three weeks ago and, with the wind chill, it was the coldest I have ever been in my life. One of my best friends was in Minneapolis around the same time - he was in weather a full twenty degrees colder than I was.
This weather - the snow, sleet, hail and ice - isn't just bad for traffic and your health. It's a nightmare for your shoes. Water damage should be self-explanatory. But so is the dirt that piles up on the snow and ice, and especially the salts that are used to ice the road. (It is also, of course, very slippery and the risk of falling and injuring yourself is always present.)
The National Journal has a tip for people who want to be safe - and probably protect their shoes: Wear socks over your shoes!
It seems simple - and it looks silly, granted - but it also seems like it could really work.
What do you think?
Of course, if anything happens to your shoes this winter (and if you live in the East - or even the Southeast this week, it probably will) feel free to send them in to Zabellos. We will repair them for you as well as can possibly be repaired. Just check out our testimonials for an example of the kind of appreciation we get from our customers. We would love to help!
An article two days ago in the New York Times relates a strange fact: There is a "New Boot Shortage" in New York City. This brutal winter has already seen so much snow that there are almost no new boots to be found in the city! One shopkeeper states "“This is the most thorough sell-through that I’ve seen.”
Even the giant Macy's shoe floor that we've written about before is down to justa few pairs.
I was in New York for ten days just a couple of weeks ago. (I was only supposed to be there 6 days but my flights kept getting delayed because of the successive snowstorms.) It was the coldest I have ever been, and on some days the snow was piled more than a foot high on the sidewalks. So I believe the story.
What about where you are? Have you found that it's hard to find new boots? You know, there is an obvious solution if your old boots are worn out and you're thinking of getting a new pair: Just send your old boots into Zabellos! The odds are we can get them looking good as new. It will be cheaper than a new pair and of course you know you'll like them - after all, they're you're boots!
Check out all of our available repair packages, and if you have a question, don't hesitate to send us an email, we'll be glad to help out in any way we can.
It's not true that we at Zabellos read every story about shoe repair... but we certainly read a lot of them! And every once in a while we like to pass along some of the stories we read that we enjoyed. Sometimes they are about repairing old shoes, sure. But sometimes they are just human interest stories that we like.
For example, on the website Voice of America, we came across this story the other day about an immigrant who came to this country more than 35 years ago and started in the shoe repair trade. Today, his son carries on the tradition. Zabellos was started by a group of young, second-generation Americans with a long history of European shoe-craftsmanship in our families. Like the man in the article, we too take a tremendous amount of pride in restooring the shoes you send us to a like-new condition. It's the reason we have such a high customer satisfactin rating and so many repeat customers.
If anything, we enjoyed this article more. It's a reflection on custom work in this world of mass production. So many things are produced today with no intention of being around in five or ten years - to say nothing of thirty or forty. It's cheaper (up front) to make something that doesn't last. But it's not really cheaper in the long run. What costs more: A $40 pair of shoes that you have to throw away within a year, or a $300 pair that, with Zabellos master repairs every few years, lasts forever?
Shoe-making and shoe-repairing have been in our families for generations. We love the fact that many people realize the value of a good repair, that some things are meant to last much longer than most items we buy these days.
If you have a pair of shoes you love, don't you owe it to the shoes (and to yourself) to make them last as long as they can? Even the highest-end repair that Zabellos offers is far cheaper than a new pair of shoes. Keep that beloved pair forever!
Almost every man at some point in his life has to wear fancy black shoes. I am thankful that I have never had a job that required that, but even so, there have been dozens of occasions where black leather shoes were required.
I have owned two or three pairs over the years, and I've certainly rented shoes on a few occasions when it was required (twice to match a tuxedo; once to match a morning suit), but to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what soes are best for what occasion.
Fortunately, Men's Journal has provided a brief style guide on the 5 quintessential types of nice black shoes, and some tips on when to wear them:
Penny loafers. Best worn with a sleek, slim suit.
Wing tips. Only for work, and best with an expensive suit.
Double monk strap. For a hip, funky look, pair them with dark jeans and colored socks.
Oxfords. The classic, traditional shoe, these are more commonly accepted for all occasions now.
Boots. Perfect when you want to blend the lines between casual and dressy.
What is your favorite style? Do you own any of these? Remember, you don't always have to buy a new pair. You might have some sitting way back in your closet somewhere... send them in to Zabellos and we'll get it looking as good as new for you!
I was watching American Pickers last night on History channel. Have you ever seen the show? Two guys go all over America looking for anything that they can purchase, most likely refurnish, and resell. Some of the stuff they come across looks like absolute junk. (Some of it is junk.) But sometimes they find some really cool stuff.
In the episode last night, they found a funky, multi-colored pair of boots that might have been 100 years old. They bought the pair and remarked "Wow, these could last forever!"
At first I thought: nothing lasts forever. But then I started thinking about it a little more: You know, there is no reason that a quality pair of boots can't last forever.
We at Zabellos have been making and repairing shoes for generations. There is pretty much literally no pair we have ever seen that we could not - at the very least - make much, much better. So if you have a pair of shoes that you love, we can probably make them last forever. We can certainly keep them in like-new shape for your entire lifetime.
Check out all of the options that Zabellos offers. Remember, there is no obligation to request a custom quote, and if you select a repair package and it turns out your shoes need more or less work, we will always contact you first. We will never do additional work and then stick you with a larger bill than you were expecting, and if we think we can find a way to save you a little money and still do the needed repairs, we are happy to.
A legion of satisfied customers is our first objective. This is one of the main reasons we receive universal customer satisfaction. It is something of which we are extremely proud and we will never do anything to jeopardize that.
So if you have a pair of shoes or boots that you want to last forever, feel free to contact us. We promise you will be happy with the results!