SOS: Save Our Shoes

SPECIALIST SERVICES that keep your shoes as good as new …

Well heeled

Whether you favour Gabor or Gucci, we all want our shoes to last the distance. From having boots widened or shoes re-soled, to re-painting those special red soles or dying satin slippers to match your dress, there are a few specialists that keep us well-heeled. Master craftsman Isaac Jackman is running a satellite service from Cobbler’s Wardrobe on Sandymount Green (Dublin 4, 01 269 1882) to save shoe lovers from hot footing it to his Portobello Bridge outpost. If you live near Kildare, Ger Peacocke’s Shoemakers and Repair in Kilcullen is the place to go, 045 481535. For premium renovation jobs, The Restory in West London has a team of 13 (mostly women) in its atelier. “A large percentage of our business is international,” says owner Vanessa Jacobs whose ambition is to have you fall in love with your favourite shoes all over again. Choose your preferred collection date and time online. The concierge-style cobbler will confirm receipt of shoes and put each item through an assessment process and revert with a quote. Advanced services can take three-four weeks. Shoes are returned beautifully wrapped and packaged, just like new …

Cool kicks and box fresh sneakers

How to keep your designer sneakers pristine? Bryan’s Master Cobblers on Talbot Street will do the job for you; its laundry and restoration team will bring nearly any pair back to new; 101 Talbot Street, Dublin 1. Keep sneakers box fresh by leaving tumble dryer sheets in them overnight and when you travel, Arm & Hammer have a perfume and dye-free version. Wipe down with Jason Markk’s Quick Wipes or add a few drops of his solution to a wet shoe brush and scrub lightly. For rubber soles, use Mr Clean Magic Eraser, it’s unbeatable.

Aislinn Coffey

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