Repairing a pair of old shoes can be a lot cheaper than buying a brand new pair — whether you wore them out or not. If you’re not sure if a pair is worth repairing, just follow this cobbler’s simple rule.
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Shoes can start falling apart in a variety of ways, with some repairs being more costly than others. Antonia Farzan at Business Insider spoke with cobbler Alex Plishtiev, the owner of Danel Shoe Repair in Manhattan, to see how to determine whether a pair is worth repairing. Plishtiev shared this helpful rule of thumb:
If the upper part of the shoe dries out or starts cracking, then it’s not worth repairing. But if the uppers are fine, the bottoms can always be fixed.
The “uppers” can be repaired, of course, but it will be expensive and the shoes will probably need to be repaired again shortly. At that point, you’re better off coughing up the dough for a new pair. Take advantage of repair services, but always make sure it’s worth it beforehand.