Clothing · Frugality 101 · Make Do and Mend

Shoes worth wearing are worth repairing!

As my cobbler says, and it’s true.

I took in my brown boots to be re-heeled and for £10, my boots look good as new! Much better than buying a new pair, and the cobbler even cleaned and polished them for me. That way I can go on wearing these boots for the rest of the winter, and for many more winters to come. I’m sure at some point I will have to get them re-soled, but again that will be a far lower cost than buying new boots. This is also one of those times where frugality overlaps with eco-friendly living.

Of course, I’m aware that this is not an option available to all people living on a budget. I’m reminded of this by Terry Pratchett:

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles. But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet. This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

I am very thankful that I own a pair of good boots and can afford to get them repaired.

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