- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

If the shoe fits … take care of it. In these economically troubled times, many cobblers are seeing an upswing in business.

And why not?

If you have a perfectly comfortable, high-quality pair of women’s shoes and the rubber soles wear out, you can replace the soles for an average of $13.24 locally, according to Washington Consumers’ Checkbook. The corresponding average price for men’s shoes is $20.62.

Compare that to buying a brand-new pair of comparable high-quality shoes.

To increase the longevity of your favorite shoes, Consumers’ Checkbook recommends that you:

• Don’t wear the same shoes every day (allowing them to dry out completely).

• Keep your shoes on a shoe tree (again, so they can air out).

• Stuff them with newspaper and leave them to dry slowly if they get wet.

• Keep leather shoes lubricated, polishing them regularly using a polish with high wax content.

Long live the shoe!

- Gabriella Boston


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