Cobbler's Corner

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. Hollywoodlife.com 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? 

Shoes To Upgrade Your Fall Wardrobe

October 11, 2014

We've written about women's shoes for fall - just the other day, in fact - but what about the men? Men love shoe, too, right? 

Don't worry: Men's Fitness has a great slideshow titled 6 Shoes To Upgrade Your Fall Wardrobe.

Overall, it looks like rubber soles are going to be a big trend. Also, brown shoes are very popular, so feel free to stray away from only wearing black. 

What do you think of the styles? 

Is there anything that you already own and might be in need of a repair? If so, send them in to Zabellos. We'll have them all fixed up for you before the really cold autumn weather arrives. 

Custom-Made Shoes

October 9, 2014

We at Zabellos are known for our legendary repairs. You can do any number of Google serarches and we will come up right away. You can read testimonlals from our customers. When it comes to shoe repair, we are the premier company for online shoe repair, making it easy for you to get your favorite shoes repaired without even leaving your home. 

But we don't just do repairs. In fact, the reason why we are so proficient in shoe repair is that we were trained as shoe makers. Our fathers were all trained in the classic European ways of shoemaking, and passed it down to us. It is the main reason we are so skilled at what we do.

Mostly, these days, we spend our time repairing the shoes that our customers send us, but every once in a while we still get a request for a custom-made shoe, and we are happy to oblige. 

It's just one more thing that separates Zabellos from everyone else: We know shoes better than anyone. We know how to repair them because we know how to create them from the start. 

Boots This Autumn - Need Any Repaired?

October 6, 2014

I don't know where you live, but in Zabellos's home base of Southern California, it's hard to know that autumn is here. Sure, football is being played everywhere, the days are much shorter, and some of the leaves are changing color... But man is it hot! It was triple-digits in much of the area this past weekend. I was at the beach down in San Diego and it was 86 degrees. At the beach in October!

So people around these parts aren't really wearing (or even thinking about) fall boots yet. I wore Chuck Taylor's all weekend. 

But in some parts of the country, it definitely is autumn. If you live in one of those parts, you may be thinking about what footwear you want to pick up for the change in seasons. Fortunately, Huffington Post has a great slideshow of boot syles for the fall

There are so any boots listed, however, that there is a good chance you already have a pair. If so, why not send then in to Zabellos for a repair? You'll have a pair of boots that you already love, they will look brand new, and you will save a lot of money. 

What is your plan for the fall? Are you going to be buying any new boots? 

Stretching Tight Shoes

September 30, 2014

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes - perhaps online - and found that they are too tight? Zabellos can help you out with that: We are able to stretch out your shoes, often by as much as half a size. If you have any questions, feel free to email us any time. 

Why do we bring this up today? An article we came across on lifehacker.com suggests a different way to stretch your shoes: by filling a bag with water, placing it in your shoes, and leaving them in the freezer overnight. Water expands when it freezes, of course, and the theory is that they ice will stretch out your shoes. 

Does it work? I don't know. Probably. But are you really going to feel comfortable putting your shoes in the freezer with a bag of water? Maybe if they're an inexpensive pair, but what if they're ARE expensive? You're not going to risk ruining them, right? 

Better to try Zabellos than this trick. 

World Peace’s Detachable Panda Shoes

September 24, 2014

In addition to loving all things shoe and shoe-repair, we at Zabellos are also big fans of basketball. (And not just because we once made a custom pair of shoes for Shaq for a movie he was in - probably the biggest pair of shoes we've ever made.) 

So it certainly caught our attention to see this new pair of shoes that former Laker Metta World Peace will be wearing this season. He's playing in China now, where he wants to be known this season by an even more-ridiculous name: "The Panda's Friend." And his shoes will feature a detachable panda head and arms. 

What do you think? I mean, it says something that this is one of less crazy things that Metta World Peace The Panda's Friend has done in his career. 

And if you happen to acquire a pair of these... sure, Zabellos can repair them for you. It might be one of the more unusual jobs we've ever done, but we can handle it. 

Zabellos Repairs Belts, Too!

September 22, 2014

I was at a wedding over the weekend, the perfect end-of-summer wedding, and something dawned on me while getting dressed: My belt was by far the cheapest item of clothing I was wearing. It cost me four dollars; it was on sale at Sears because it was a ridiculously large size. I mean, it was a good ten inches longer than anything I could reasonably wear. 

But I bought it anyway. You know why? Because Zabellos can help out with repairs on pretty much ANYTHING leather. Yes, our specialty is shoes, that is what we have been trained in for decades. But with that training comes a mastery of working with leather. Belts, handbags, baseball gloves, jackets... if it's leather, we can repair it. 

So I had this belt cut, with new holes put in and the buckle reattached. No one could possibly tell that it was once way too big for me. 

What items do you have that could use a little work? You know, you don't have to pay for a full shoe-repair package if you have a smaller job. Just drop us a line, let us know what you need done, and let's see if we can help you out with a repair. Even with the work on a belt like this, the price still comes in at a fraction of what a new belt would have cost me had I bought one in my normal size. 

Just something to keep in mind: There are many different ways that Zabellos can save you money with our legendary repairs. 

Affordable Dress Shoes

September 18, 2014

An article today on BusinessInsider.com shares the story of two friends who couldn't find dress shoes for a wedding that fit into their budget. So they did what entrepreneurs do: They started their own company to fill the need. 

Jack Erwin shoes was founded in 2013, selling shoes that retail for right around $200. And it has been quite successful, establishing a waiting list of several thousand customers. 

Zabellos loves stories like this, because they're about two of our favorite things: shoes (obviously!) and entrepreneurship. Just as we saw a need a need for people to be able to get their shoes repaired from a trusted company without having to leave the house, these young men saw a need for a quality, relatively inexpensive shoe.

And keep in mind, if you acquire a pair of Jack Erwin shoes, that you can always send them in to Zabellos for repairs and stretch that dollar even more. A $200 pair of dress shoes that will last the rest of your life - with a Zabellos repair when needed - is one hell of a good deal. 

10 Must-Have Shoes For Fall

September 13, 2014

It is almost fall... even though this weekend - in Zabellos home of Southern California - are the hottest temperatures of the year. But fall is almost here. 

So what shoes do you need this fall? Maybe you're like me and you don't need ANY (I have way more shoes than I need - I even have a pair I've yet to wear). But maybe you do need a new pair. 

Esquire has done a favor for you: A list of the "10 Fall Shoes Every Man Needs This Year." 

Brogues, Bean Boots, Ankle Boots, and plenty more... including one of my favorite styles: retro running shoes. (That's a picture of my Nikes above, and I love them.)

What are your favorites from the list? Do you have any old pair listed that are in need of repair? If so, send them in to Zabellos and we'll get them repaired for you before the real autumn weather arrives.