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I took my Doc Martens in to a shoe repair shop this morning because the elastic on the second shoe has broken and needs to be replaced. Some of the first sites that came up in a web search for shoe repair shops were links to Yelp reviews, so I figured, what the heck, I'll get an opinion or two. The first prospective shop was located near the stationery store, but reviews were pretty consistently negative, about things done to shoes that weren't in line with what was requested. The second place had a mixture of positive and negative reviews, but most of the negativity referred to the eccentricities of the owner and not the quality of the work. So, okay, that sounds interesting enough, and I want the job done correctly.

It turns out that the gentleman running the shop is British. I guess maybe many people don't realize that the delivery of insults can be a cultural and stylistic thing. I found the guy suitably entertaining and informative, and willing to work on my poor old Doc Martens. Those shoes are probably around 20 years old by now.

He tells me my best bet for cycling is to just get some cheap, throwaway tennis shoes, and then change my footwear when I arrive at work. He also said to look for shoes that have a metal shank, if I really want something that will work well and last a long time.



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Jan. 27th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Here's an entertaining news article on steel-shank shoes:

Jan. 28th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
My brother had some steel-tipped shoes for work. Man, those things were a hassle. He forgot them repeatedly when we went to the airport, back in the pre-take-your-shoes-off days.

There are at least some casual shoes made by cycling companies with fiberglass or carbon fiber soles, intended for being used with pedals, without getting destroyed. I can't remember how many pairs of shoes I destroyed riding rattrap pedals as a callow youth.
Jan. 27th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
Today I also remembered that I shouldn't hang up nice sweaters on hangers, because the hangers will stretch out the shoulders. I should have remembered this from the dry-cleaning days, but somehow I forgot.
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