Cobbler's Corner

Taking Care of Suede in the Winter

November 18, 2014

Winter is beautiful. Sure, it can be cold, inconvenient, and plenty of other pains-in-the-you-know-what. But it is beautiful. The clear air, the streets dusted with snow. 

Of course, that beauty wreaks absolute havoc on your shoes. Whether it's the water that falls from the sky in the form of snow, sleet, or rain... or the dirt and grime that accumulates on the sidewalk when the snows melt... or even the salts that they use to de-ice the roads... all of those things will age your shoes. And no shoes will be ruined by such things faster than a suede pair. 

StyleCaster has several tips today on what to do with your suede shoes during the nasty-weather season. 

And if your shoes gets ruined this winter, be sure to pay attention to that last tip: Send them in to Zabellos for a professional repair. Suede isn't like your cheap canvas shoes or old leather sneakers that you can probably clean yourself. It is a very delicate material that will benefit from our masterful repairs. 

Wear your suede this winter - it looks great. But be sure totake care of it, too!

The Best Boots For Winter

November 16, 2014

It's hard to believe that we're just a few weeks away from the start of winter, as I write these words on a sunny, 75-degree day. But I've also got a football game on as I write - Philly at Green Bay - and it's obviously very cold in the midwest. So, yeah, winter is on the way. 

In that spirit, we at Zabellos would like to share a great feature from Esquire's style blog: The Best Boots for Winter. Hunting boots, snow boots, style boots... there are several from which to choose. 

Of course, as we like to remind you, it's possible that the best boots for this coming winter are ones that you already own! But they might be in need of repair, right? 

If you send them in to Zabellos today, we guarantee we will have them as good as new and back to you before winter actually starts. Winterproofing, cleaning, sole repairs... whatever you need, we will repair your boots, no problem. 

Design Your Own Adidas

November 15, 2014

Anyone who ever played a lot of basketball - and I certainly used to play a LOT of it - has dreamt of designing his or her own shoe. The colors you want, your own logo, maybe even a picture of you. 

But, unless you go into fashion and become a designer, that wasn't likely to happen... until now. Adidas is introducing an app that will let you design your own shoes any way you want. The app just launced earlier this week and the shoes cost $110 - not exactly cheap, but compared to how many sneakers cost way more than that, not terribly expensive. 

What do you think? Interested in designing your own pair? 

If the Shoe Fits - Keep Getting it Repaired!

November 12, 2014

Zabellos gives you lots of reasons to get your shoes repaired. It's much better for the environment to keep your old shoes and not throw them out. It saves you a ton of money over your lifetime if you can repair the shoe. It's better for your health if your shoes fit properly. 

But there is another great reason: How often do you ever find a pair of shoes that fit your properly? If you do, don't you want to keep them as long as possible? 

That's the theme behind this article we came across: If the Shoe Fits, Get it Fixed. Sales of luxury goods might be down, but that just means that people are getting them repaired more frequently. And we love this. Once upon a time, the concept of throwing out an expensive item was foreign to people.

We hope to see that attitude return. When you own a luxury shoe, why wouldn't you want to keep it forever? 

Repair All Your Leather For Winter

November 9, 2014

Zabellos is famous for our shoe repairs. And it's true, that is the majority of what we do... but do you realize that we are equipped to repair almost anything leather that you have? 

As fall inches closer to winter, keep in mind that your leather bags, and especially your leather coats, might be in need of some upkeep. 

Have stains on your leather? We can probably take care of them, or at the very least make them look better.

Want to weatherproof your jacket for the coming snow and hail? Send it in to us and we'll be glad to do that. 

Have a broken zipper on your leather jacket? Don't worry, we repair zippers every single day. 

For ALL your leather-repair needs, think of the same people you turn to when you need your shoes repaired: Zabellos.

Make New Shoes Feel Comfortable

November 6, 2014

It's the best feeling in the world when you try on a new pair of shoes and they fit perfectly, right? You want to wear them out of the store. 

But how often does that happen? I'll be honest, it's only happened to me once in my life. Most of the time - even when I'm buying high-end shoes like my Allen Edmonds - my shoes take a few wearings to break in. 

The Wall Street Journal has a great article on how to make your new shoes more comfortable. There are simple tasks like wearing the shoes around your house for a couple of hours before wearing them. And more obscure things like rubbing the leather with a moisutrizer to keep it in good shape. 

And, as Zabellos has frequently told you, nothing is more important that finding the right fit. The last thing you want to do is get a pair that fits poorly, because that will wreck your day. 

If you get a pair that is too small, don't worry - it's possible that Zabellos can help you stretch them out at least half a size. If you have any other questions, as always, feel free to shoot us an email. We have a complete line of products to help you care for your shoes. 

Taking Care of Your Shoes Really Pays

October 30, 2014

We at Zabellos have told you many times how important it is to take care of your shoes. If you treat them well, and if you send them in to Zabellos for regular repairs, they will literally last your entire lifetime. Think of how much money you will save if you never again have to buy a new pair of dress shoes!

Of course, there is another way that taking care of shoes can really pay: If you're the one doing the work, you can get rich. No, we're not talking about Zabellos, we're talking about this story we read yesterday on A man in South Africa has built a company that shines shoes in the airports, and they shine a LOT of shoes. Sometimes several hundred in one day. 

Zabellos always enjoys hearing about people with a passion for shoes, and it sounds like this man certainly has it. Hard work + a love of shoes have made him wealthy. 

We love shoes and we love repairing yours. If you have any work that needs to be done, don't hesitate to send us your pairs. 

Keep Your Shoes In Shape This Fall & Winter

October 26, 2014

Fall and winter are beautiful, no doubt. The falling leaves, the colors, the sunsets, the snow (if there is snow where you live)... it's all wonderful. 

Of course, all those things wreak absolute havoc on your shoes. The precipitation, the mud, the salts on the roads. Very few things are more disheartening than spending hundreds of dollars on a new pair of shoes, only to have them ruined within a few months by things beyond your control. 

Esquire's always-valuable style blog has a few tips for you, namely: 

  • Store your valuable shoes on a shoe tree
  • Use lotion and polish
  • Use a brush to wipe away debris

It's all great advice, right? The best part is, you can get all of those acdesories from Zabellos! Just viist our accessories page and pick out what you want. It's all reasonably priced, and if it ends up saving your shoes this wet season, the items are well worth it!

When Should Girls Wear “Adult” Shoes?

October 22, 2014

If you've ever gone shoe-shopping with a teenage girl (and I have, many times) you probably know the routine: They love looking at grown up shoes! Even if they've never walked in high heels, they at least want to try on the pair of four-inch heels and are so sure they can wear them. 

But really, at what age are such shoes appropriate? Not just in terms of style, but could heels actually be unhealthy for a teenage girl? 

It turns out that yes, if a girl isn't done growing, wearing heels could cause significant damage, according to a story posted on Cafemom.

Check out the story, because I honestly had no idea that they could be so dangerous.  And if you know a young lady who has a pair of heels that are too high and are causing her discomfort, feel free to send them in to Zabellos. We can always reduce the height and make them better. 

Taylor Swift’s $25 Loafers

October 15, 2014

One of the things that seems to be a fact is that celebrities spend a lot more on shoes than normal folks. Zabellos has repaired the shoes of quite a few famous people over the years and we know that sometimes the price tag is WAY up there. 

So it's always cool to see someone famous wearing a pair of shoes that we would wear - and we could afford. has a feature on Taylor Swift and the loafers she was seen wearing the other day. 

They are simple and attractive, and best of all, they only cost $25. 

What do you think of Taylor's shoes? Do you have an inexpensive, simple pair of shoes that you love wearing?