This is another post about shoes, a bit like my black patent heels post here . This post is about my beloved white Aldo wedges, which have experienced a rebirth twice now.
I first acquired these lovely white leather wedges when I was about 15 years old, I think. Tough to remember that far back. Anyways, they were gorgeous, and once again remarkably comfortable at a 4 inch heel height. I wasn’t always too crazy about the winding straps with a belt buckle closure, but it added edge and style to the shoes, so I loved that.
Over time, they remained a favourite shoe, worn repeatedly every summer as a staple. And over time, those straps became frayed, and it became increasingly difficult to close them. So one day I decided to simply snip off the straps and have them as slip-on wedges. It worked perfectly! Clouds parted, choirs sang (okay, not really), and my shoes had a second life as casual cool slip-on wedges. All was well in the shoe world.
Until, the unthinkable. Walking down the street nonchalantly one day, I feel a strange loosening sensation in my right shoe. Within moments, the strap pops out. Not only that, but the sole is gaping away from the wedge itself. I rush to Joe Fresh in search of emergency flip flops, and lament my lovely white wedges. There may have been loving stroking and whispers of “I’ll never forget you”. *sniffle*
Why all this fuss over a pair of shoes, you ask? Well, because they feel as if I’m walking on a cloud. Because although they provide all the flattering benefits of 4 inch heels, they have the stability of a wedge. And because they’ve been a staple in my closet for at least 8 years at best guess. And unlike many ladies, I’m not big on shoe shopping, so I really hadn’t planned on shelling out $80-100 for another pair of summer shoes anytime soon. So, I prepare to give these beloved shoes a proper burial (in the garbage), when an idea strikes me. I remember my father repairing my shoes as a little girl, using a C-clamp and contact cement. I pull out the same supplies, and carefully run a thin layer of contact cement along the fallen strap. Gingerly, I place it in its place, and clamp down the sides together. I let the fallen shoe rest for two days, allowing the cement to cure fully. With bated breath, I remove the clamp, and try on the shoes again. Good as new! Well, good as second form new 🙂
So there you have it, another shoe love letter, and also how to fix straps that have fallen out (and save yourself the $100 for new leather wedges in my case). Anyone else playing cobbler these days? Just me? Okay 🙂