Cobbler's Corner

Shoes from the SAG Awards

January 28, 2015

It's no secret that many of us look to celebrities for fashion - if not to necessarily to copy their style, at least to get an idea of what is new and hot. 

And there is no better place to see celebrities than the SAG awards (except, I guess, for the Academy Awards). 

Hollywood Reporter has a terrific rundown of who was wearing what on their feet. From sandals and t-straps to Dior heels, the Top 10 list has something for everyone. 

What do you think? Do you have a favorite pair? 

Cleaning Your Shoes With Household Products

January 22, 2015

Zabellos has been repairing shoes for generations. We love it when you send us your shoes. We wouldn't mind if you sent in the same pair of shoes every month for repair. 

But that could add up for you... and unless you wear the same pair in the snow every single day, it's most likely not necessary for your shoes. 

So we understand that sometimes you're going to use household products to clean your shoes. We knew this even before we came across this article today

And you know what? Sometimes we do it, too. (I have a $12 pair of canvas Old Navy shoes that I'm always using an all-purpose household cleaning solution to scrub up when they get a little dirty.) Often there's nothing wrong with that...

But we want to point out something important: None of these household products are made for cleaning shoes. So they might get the job done cosmetically, but they could also ruin your shoes, especially if used too much. These are NOT products you want to use on your expensive shoes. Because that might ruin them beyond the point of repair. 

Remember, whenever you send in your shoes to Zabellos for repair, don't hesitate to request weatherproofing on your shoes. It's a free add-on, we're happy to do it for you, and it will help extend the necessary-repair period for your shoes. 


Do You Remove Your Shoes Indoors?

January 20, 2015

Do you wear your shoes indoors? I admit, most of the time I do. I only take off my shoes when it has been raining outside and I don't want to track mud and dirt into the house. Most of the rest of the time - especially when I'm on my feet doing some kind of physical activity (like washing the dishes, shooting pool, folding laundry, etc.), I HAVE to be wearing shoes or I feel really strange. 

What about you? 

The website has a article today detailing the benefits of leaving your shoes at the door. They include the obvious ones, like not tracking bacteria into the house and putting less wear and tear on your floors and carpets, there is also one I didn't think of: being courteous to your downstairs neighbors, if you have any. 

Do you think it's a big deal to wear your shoes indoors? Or do you not really think about it at all?

Marshawn Lynch’s $1000 Gold Shoes

January 18, 2015

Those of you watching the NFC Championship game today will unfortunately NOT be seeing something extraordinary: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a pair of $1000 all-gold shoes made, and he wanted to wear them in the the game today, according to Fox

But the NFL told him no way, he would not be allowed to play if he wore the shoes. 

That's too bad, because they look awesome. 

Zabellos has repaired thousands and thousands of pairs of shoes over the years, and some of them have contained small amounts of gold. But we've never repaired all-gold shoes. 

However, Marshawn, if you ever want to send them in to Zabellos, we'd be glad to repair them for you. 

When To Repair Your Favorite Clothes (and Shoes)

January 14, 2015

It's become almost automatic in our society: When something breaks, we shrug and say "Damn, oh well" and throw the item out. Stereos, kitchen appliances, clothes, shoes, and many other items. We just throw them out and buy another

Part of that tendency is that things have become relatively inexpensive. If a $10 radio breaks, you might assume that it will be cheaper just to buy a new one. (And you're probably right.) But what about more expensive items? 

Let's say you have an expensive pair of shoes. If they cut scuffed, you'll probably get them cleaned. But what if they get torn, or the soles fall apart? Do you think 'Okay, I guess I have to get a new pair"?

You most certainly do NOT. For far less than the cost of a new pair of shoes, the masters at Zabellos can have your shoes looking as good as new. 

And not only will they look as good as new, they will actually be better than new... because they will be your old shoes, the shoes that you already love. 

So, sure, sometimes it's a better idea to throw something away. But often it is not. Consider that next time you have to replace and item: Ask yourself whether getting the item - especially your shoes - repaired will save you money. Often it will. 

Choose The Right Shoe For Your Body

January 9, 2015

Zabellos has told you before: Your feet are the base for everything you do throughout the day. It is not just advantageous, it is essential that they are comfortable. If you wear the wrong kind of shoe, your feet are going to hurt. And then you will start to walk funny to compensate. And then before you know it, your entire body will be out of whack - just because of a shoe that didn't fit well!

It's one of those things that we all know and understand. But then the next question comes up: How do you know what the right shoes are for you?  

Helpfully, this website is a great starting point for women: It lists more than half a dozen styles of shoes and what kind of body they suit. 

And, as always, we want to remind you: If have a shoe - new or old - that is in need of repairs - don't hesitate to turn to Zabellos. You will be surprised what we can do for you!

Repairing Salt Stains on Your Shoes

January 5, 2015

It's that time of year again where the weather is getting really nasty throughout most of the country. That meas snow in the streets, and that often means the roads and sidewalks will be salted to de-ice them. 

It makes it much easier to drive and walk... but almost nothing will destroy your leather shoes faster than road salts. has some tips for you today on what to do if you find your shoes getting stained by road salts: 

  • Put paper in your shoes to help them retain their shape
  • Make a solution of one-part vinegar and two-parts water
  • Apply the solution to the stain
  • Run with a damp cloth to remove excess water and vinegar
  • Let then dry for 24 hours

Of course, these are tips for a simple stain. If you have something more complex, send them in to Zabellos. We have tools and cleaning agents - not to mention decades of experience - to help tackle the toughest repair jobs. 


New Shoes For A New Year

December 31, 2014

Now that we say goodbye to 2014 - the best year yet for Zabellos - we turn our attention to the new year and what shoe styles we might be seeing. Do you plan to make any new purchases? 

Of course... it's always possible that the newest style of shoe that you are going to be sporting is something old! How many people have an old, beat-up pair of shoes in their closet that need a repair? Don't spend a fortune on a new style, send your old shoes in to Zabellos for a repair! 

Shoes For New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2014


I'll admit something: It's been years since I've gone out on New Year's Eve. It's just not for me. I'm not one for crowds, and I like to get up bright and early on New Year's Day, watch the Rose Parade, and then watch football for 12 straight hours. 

But I still have many, many friends who go out on New Year's, and quite a few of them love to get dressed up. And they - especially my female friends - love to wear fancy new shoes. 

What about you? Do you have a pair you wear on special occasions? 

Now, if you do and they are in need of repair, it's too late for Zabellos to help out - New Year's Eve is only 48 hours away! But if you need a new pair, you can probably still run out and get them. 

The website Haute Living has a great feature on 5 sparkly new pairs that would be perfect for going out that evening. See anyhing you like?

Breaking In Your New Shoes

December 21, 2014

An article on The Gloss yesterday calls out for help in breaking in a new pair of shoes. It's a question we hear a lot, so we thought we'd take a few minutes to pass on some tips, especially for those of you who might be receiving a new pair of shoes this week as a Christmas present. 

And there is nothing worse than excitedly wearing a new pair of shoes, thinking how great they feel, only to have your feet end up killing you later on (and sometimes for several days!) And even though we at Zabellos pride ourselves on being shoe experts, we are not immune: I once wore a brand-new pair of hiking boots all over the streets of Manhattan one summer day - I easily walked four or five miles - only to wake up the next morning with blisters and aches that lasted days. 

So here are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Don't be like me and think just because your shoes feel good in your living room, they are ready to walk miles. Wait until they are broken in before you go on any ambitious walks, or go out dancing, or any other intense activity. 
  • So what should be the first activity? Wear them around your house for a couple of hours. Cook dinner in them. Wear them on a short outing. DON'T go anywhere in the new shoes where you cannot remove them immediately if your feet start hurting. 
  • Always wear socks with new shoes. It will help prevent blistering. 
  • If they're too small, have Zabellos stretch them for you. Don't just assume that they will stretch on their own by you wearing them. 
  • Keep Band Aids and "friction block" on hand. This doesn't help break in the shoes, of course, but trust us, you will be glad you have both if your new shoes start hurting you. 

Do you have any other tips to share?