Winter is behind us now, so the road salts and snows that have piled up across most of the country are no longer going to be a danger to your leather shoes.
But that doesn't mean you're out of the woods completely. The spring - and summer, depending on where you live - rains can also cause extreme damage to your favorite leather shoes.
An article today on Business Insider reminds us that with a few precautions, you can make those leather shoes last longer. Some tips:
Wear galoshes or overshoes over your leather in the rain
Add rubber soles if yours are currently leather
If you get your shoes wet, immediately remove them and let them dry
What the article doesn't say - but Zabellos is here to tell you - is that if your shoes do get "ruined" in the rain, there is a good chance Zabellos can repair them for you. If you have any questions, shoot us an email.
Also, if you're getting your shoes repaired this spring, don't hesitate to ask Zabellos to add weatherproofing for you. It's no additional charge and it could save your shoes from the rains!
It doesn't matter if you're a man, woman, or child... we all have certain shoes that we wear with certain outfits. That's just how it does. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, that might mean you own dozens of pairs of shoes.
(I once lived with someone who had more than 30 pairs, including some that she had purchased to wear with specific outfits but never actually worn.)
But what if you had one pair that could be worn with hundreds - if not thousands - of different outfits? These heels from Volvorii Timeless do just that. The shoe's base is eithe black or white, but the secret is a patented "E-ink" panel on the side of the shoe that allows the user to customize the colors and patterns from his or her smartphone.
The shoes will probably be available in December; the crowdfunding price is $249.
What do you think? Would you like to own a pair?
America is the largest sneaker market in the world, which I suppose doesn't come as much of a surprise, though I did not realize that total sales are more than 25 billion dollars annually. (Also interesting - Nike accounts for 90% of all basketball shoe sales.)
But, according to this article in the Washington Post, those are the numbers, and they represent a 47% jump in just four years. Take a look at the list of the top 10 selling sneakers. Do you own any of them?
Personally, I do not. (My most recent purchase was a pair of Nike "Downshifter 6" running shoes.) But years ago I did own a pair of Air Jordans similar to the #1 shoes on the list.
What sneakers make up your collectioin? Do you have running shoes, basketball shoes, trail shoes? Which do you wear the most?
How is the weather where you are? It's heating up all over the country (although who knows how long that will last?). Are your thoughts turning to warm weather clothes and shoes? Mine certainly are. This past weekend, I wore shorts and shoes-without-socks for the first time in 2015.
Articles and advertisements are starting to come out with new styles for the spring. Bustle.com has a feature today on jelly sandals, calling them the perfect shoes for spring. They're glittery and whimsical and, if you're around the same age as I am, they probably remind you a little too much of the 90s.
But... there is no question that they are unique, and kind of cool in a youthful way. Plus, there is no limit to the different looks you can sport with different kinds of socks.
What do you think of the style? Have you ever owned a pair, and how long has it been? Do you ever see yourself wearing some again?
We'll be honest - we don't get a lot of jelly sandals for repair at Zabellos. We could do it, of course, we just don't see that many.
Maybe this spring we'll see more. Maybe.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared the news with you that Cinderalla's legendary glass slippers were soon going to be available for purchase.
Today, in celebration of the release of the Cinderalla movie, MTV.com released a list of the "13 Most Important Shoes In Cinema History."
Some of the shoes are undoubtedly just as famous as Cinderella's slipper, such as Dorothy's red slippers above, from The Wizard of Oz.
Some of the shoes, I will be honest, are just ridiculous. (Cher's purple clogs from Clueless - which you never even see on screen? Seriously?)
And some of them I hadn't even thought about since I was a tiny kid, like Pee Wee's white shoes.
What do you think of the list? I was a little kid in the 80s, and right away I thought of the "Slick Shoes" from Goonies. What do you feel they left out?
A lot of women love to wear flats. They're comfortable, easy to take on and off, and look stylish with almost any outfit.
But, according to a report today by ABC, they can also be responsible for a many foot problems. The reason? They are sometimes too tight in the toe box. The shoes press down on toenails, leading to ingrown toenails.
And, as Zabellos has said before many, many times: Your feet are the base for your whole body. If you start walking funny because of an ingrown toenail, your spine is going to automatically try to compensate, and then your back muscles will start to hurt. And then your neck and head. Next thing you know, your whole body is aching and you're miserable because of one stupid little toenail! No good.
But what if you love your flats? I know a woman - very well - who would rather wear them and suffer the pain than give up her favorite pair. That's where Zabellos can help. If your shoes are hurting your toes, send them in to us. We can not only stretch the toe box to make them pain-free, but nobody will even be able to tell the difference. (Except you, of course, when your feet don't hurt anymore!)
I was watching the news this weekend and saw a parade in Texas, something about kicking off the start of Rodeo Season. I'll be honest, I didn't know there was a Rodeo Season, and I didn't know it started so early in the year. (I've been to two rodeos in my life and they were both in the summer.)
So it's a good time to mention that Zabellos is here to help with all your leather repairs - and that especially includes cowboy boots. We are known for our repairs of dress shoes, but we also get a fair amount of cowboy boots sent in to us, and we are experts at repairing them as well.
And it's not just cowboy boots - leather saddles, leather chaps, even leather cowboy hats! Zabellos can repair it all. (We can also, obviously, add weatherproofing to any of your leather items.)
Cowboy boots can get expensive, so don't think that you have to buy a new pair every year - er, Rodeo Season - or two. For a fraction of the price of a new pair, we can make your old boots like new.
If you have any questions about your leather goods, don't hesitate to send us an email.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you end up with a shoe or a pair of shoes that is too small. There are lots of reasons why. Maybe you bought them online and you didn't realize that your usual size would fit a little tighter than normal with this particular pair.
Maybe you tried them on in the store and wore them for a couple minutes without realizing that they were too tight.
Or maybe - and we see this more frequently than you would think - one of your feet is slightly larger than the other. Nothing you would notice just by looking, but something you feel when you're wearing a pair of dress shoes and your left foot feels fine but your right foot hurts.
Business Insider today has a list of things you can do if you find yourself with a too-tight shoe.
But let's just focus on #1: See a professional! That's Zabellos.
When people think of Zabellos, they think of shoe repair. That's no surprise; we've been doing this for decades and we are the premier source for Online Shoe Repair.
But we can do so much more for your shoes. Zabellos should be your first thought when it comes to any problems you have with your shoes.
We have specialized equipment to stretch your shoes, we can get at least another half size out of the shoes for you. Think about that if you have a pair of shoes that you dread wearing because they're just a little too tight.
How much would you love having some extra room in those shoes? Send them in to Zabellos, we'll take care of it for you!
Did you check out the Academy Awards last night? What about the pre-ceremony red carpet festivities? If so, you probably noticed that everyone was dressed nicely, and quite a few people were wearing fancy shoes.
Footwear News has compiled a nice slideshow today of the standout shoe designs from last night.
From the laceups worn by host Neil Patrick Harris to the Jimmy Choo platforms sported by Reese Witherspoon, the slideshow features more than 50 different styles and is well worth checking out.
Zabellos has repaired tens of thousands of shoes over the years - including many for celebrities - so we have certainly seen most of these styles before, but we still get a thrill out of collections like this.
Have you ever worn a pair of shoes with the intention of standing out or making a statement? You know, a bold print, bright color, of extremely high platform?
According to the Wall Street Journal, that's going to be the style this spring. Famous designs are coming out with shoes designed to stand out. And with what kind of outfits should such shoes be worn? Bold outfits, of course!
The cool thing about this is that LOTS of people have a pair or two of bold shoes in their closet. Shoes they bought for one special occasion and aren't appropriate to wear in public most of the time. Or perhaps a pair of shoes purchased long ago that seems out of style now.
If you have such a pair, send them in to Zabellos and we'll get the fixed up for you so that you can be wearing them this spring. If you send them in soon, we guarantee we will have them ready for you by the time Spring is officially here.