Cobbler's Corner

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 CNN.com: 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. 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.