Cobbler's Corner

Now These Would Be Fun Shoes To Repair!

December 18, 2014

We've made and repaired all kinds of shoes over the years. Shoes for some big-time celebrities. Tiny baby shoes. Incredibly expensive, ornate shoes. We like to think we've seen it all.

But nobody has seen it all, right? We were reminded of that again today, reading about a new pair of shoes containing a bottle of Scotch

A partnership between shoemaker Oliver Sweeney and famous whiskey producer Johnnie Walker, the Oxfords are not only attractive but hold a miniature bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label in the heel. 

If you own a pair of these, send them in to Zabellos anytime... and please make sure the bottle is full! 

If You Receive The Wrong Size Shoes For Christmas…

December 15, 2014

A few years ago, the department store Kohl's conducted a survey and determined that clothes and shoes are, without question, the most returned Christmas gifts. The most obvious reason is that people prefer to pick out and buy their own clothes and shoes. (I certainly do, what about you?)

But it turned out another big reason is that people often purchase the wrong size items for other people. And by the time the recipient got around to returning the gift, the selection was depleted to the point that he or she could not exchange the item for the right size!

If you find yourself receiving a pair of shoes three sizes too large for you, there's probably nothing we can do for you. But if you get shoes that are a little too small, did you know that Zabellos can probably make them a little larger for you by streching them out? 

(The reason I bring this up is that the above shoes are a pair I bought earlier this year where one show was smaller than the other. Zabellos took care of it for me no problem and now they both fit great.)

At the very least, drop us an email and ask if we can help you. Our customers are often surprised at just how much we can do!

Nike’s Christmas Shoes for Kobe, KD & LeBron

December 10, 2014


It's always fun, each December, to see what Nike comes out with for its superstars to wear on Christmas Day. Some years they are in the traditional colors of Christmas. Other years... well, they're weird-looking.

Today, according to a report on, this year's shoes have been revealed. And they are definitely in the traditional red and green of the season. 

LeBron's shoes will be a green-camo, something about the winter weather of Akron. I'll be honest, I have no idea what that means. 

Kove will be wearing some hightops resembling a Christmas stocking, with the words "Mamba's Greetings" stitched inside. A little silly, perhaps, but appropriate for the season. 

KD will be sporting red and white kicks, the bottom white of which resembles the color of his favorite drink: egg nog. And also a reference to his birth year - 1988 - which just makes me feel old. 

What do you think? What's your favorite pair? I have to say KD's for me. 

Is Your Leather Jacket Ready For Winter?

December 6, 2014

It's getting closer and closer to winter and temperatures are dropping all over the country. Even Southern California is getting chilly (by our standards). You see more and more people wearing leather in the evenings. 

Zabellos is legendary for our shoe repairs, of course, but often people don't realize that we can repair pretty much anything leather. If your jacket needs to be cleaned, or the leather is frayed, or the zippers are busted... let us know. We can almost certainly help out. (And that goes for belts, cowboy boots, leather bags and purses, etc...) 

If you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot us an email letting us know what your problem is. We will let you know what we can do. And if we can't, it won't cost you anything! 

Keep Your Platforms Repaired!

December 2, 2014

According to an article in New York Magazine, platform shoes can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when noblewomen wore them to avoid stepping in all the muck that lined he streets. Today, women still wear them during the wet winter months, partly because they look stylish and partly because they still prevent your shoes from being ruined by the rain and snow that accumulates on the ground.

The magazine goes on to list some designers of platforms today, as well as some tips for picking out the right pair. Including:

  • The platform, the part of the shoes that serves as a bed for your foot, should be no higher than one and a half inches
  • The heel should be substantial, giving the shoe not only a vintage look, but making it much easier to walk around
  • The pitch - the angle of the shoe - should not be too steep, otherwise you are much more likely to develop foot problems
  • The article also recommends keeping other embellishments to a minimun; these are already attractive shoes and do not require any more decoration.

What do you think? Are you a fan of platforms? Do you have a favorite pair?

Keep in mind, if you have some platforms that don't comform to all the "rules" - send them in to Zabellos and we can take care of them for you. In addition to repairs, we are masters and altering shoes to make them fit better for you!

Shoe Repair: A Great Holiday Gift

November 29, 2014

It's that time of year again: The holidays are upon us! And with that comes all of the sales. You might be tempted to buy a new pair of shoes on sale, either for yourself or as a present for someone else. 

But think of it this way: Isn't it possible that you, or more importantly, someone you love, has a pair of old shoes somewhere in your (or their) closet? An old pair with lots of memories, but a pair that has seen better days? 

What would be a better present than taking that pair, sending it in to Zabellos, and seeing their faces on Christmas morning when they open up their present to find an old, loved pair of their shoes, restored as good as new? I mean, you know it's a pair they already love, right? Think how cool it would be to give them a fully-restored version!

Zabellos is the pre-eminent place to turn for luxury, high-end shoe repair. If you send in a pair this week, we guarantee getting them back to you by Christmas. 

Repair Your Shoes So… People Will Be Nicer To You?

November 24, 2014

Zabellos has given you lots of reasons to repair your shoes over the years. It saves money. It's better for the planet. It ensures that your favorite pairs of shoes will last your whole life. 

But here's a reason we admit we didn't think of: According to a new study, woman who wear sexier shoes find that men are nicer to them

Now, obviously there are a lot of factors here, right? But according to the results, women who were wearing higher, "sexier" heels found that men were nicer - more specifically, more eager to help - them. 

What do you think? Do you have any experience with that personally? 

At any rate, it's not a bad idea to make sure your favorite heels are always in good shape! It can't hurt. 

Send them in to Zabellos if they need a touch-up before you start wearing your favorite pair to holiday parties this year. 

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?