Confession: Whenever I get a new pair of shoes that I love, I wear them 24/7 until they're battered, scratched and soleless... to the point where they look sad, pitiful, and practically unwearable. Once they have received a decent burial and are well on their way to stiletto heaven, I immediately try to order a replacement pair, only to find out that said shoes have been discontinued for months. For all of the ladies out there who have an ongoing love affair with their shoes like I do, I have a little holiday tip that will keep you from having to kiss your favorite kicks goodbye.
Pack up your favorite pair and take them to a trip to the cobbler. Yes, they still do exist, right next door to the butcher, baker and candlestick maker. Bring your most beloved heels, flats, boots, etc, and ask your friendly neighborhood cobbler to apply a layer of rubber to the soles (black or beige works best). It isn't that pricey, your kicks will be more comfy, and your favorite shoes will last a lot longer.
Shoes from Dolce Vita