Women Shoe Restoration
This service consists of adding a half or full sole of thin, pure rubber to leather-soled shoes. Leather, while beautiful and durable, can be slippery and dangerous on the bottom of a shoe. Our “Soleguard” layers are produced to our own specifications. They will not alter the feel or look of new shoes, while adding a layer of comfort and safety. We specialize in adding color-matched, non-slip, nearly invisible surfaces to the famous red and Tiffany blue soles of Christian Louboutin shoes. We also have material in black, brown and beige that goes well with virtually any shoe.
A heel can break or come loose from a shoe’s sole, or it can be scraped, tearing or marring the leather surface of the heel. We can reattach the heel or replace it, or rewrap it with original quality leather, matching the style, color and look of the original.
Depending on design and style, we can replace the entire sole or a “half sole,” of leather or rubber. We keep in stock an extremely wide variety of soles and half soles of both leather and rubber in order to best adjust the repair to the original in design, thickness and color. Normally, the designer labels do not provide replacement parts for their shoes or purses. Several companies (Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, among others) do provide such parts for their pumps and high heels while the shoe is under warranty. Louis Vuitton makes only sole guards available, and their repairs are done locally (not centrally) so the quality of repair or modification is highly dependent upon the company chosen to do the work. It is rare for a high fashion company to make sole guards available to customers.
Sole tips and heels suffer the most wear and abuse on a shoe. Thin soles also wear quickly, especially at the tips. Such thin soles offer a compromise between high-fashion “airiness” and the bulk needed to foster longevity. Designers generally go with airiness rather than bulk, assuming that their clients—if they can afford a $500 pair of shoes—will not balk at owning multiple pairs which of course, leads to less use and therefore less wear on each pair. We recommend special care in order not to wear the tip of the sole such that the leather toe box of the shoe upper is damaged. Although reparable, this is complex, since it involves both the sole and the upper, which are different materials with different purposes
The heel is the weakest part of a high-heeled shoe, since the wearer’s entire weight is concentrated onto such a tiny area. Many of our clients complain of the poor longevity of their original heel tips. Many times this is because the original heel tips are made of plastic which doesn’t “give” orlast as long as pure rubber. Our pure rubber tips and sole guards are as good or better than the original materials built into the shoe.
Stones and Beads
We keep in stock a wide variety of stones, beads and Swarowsky crystals, as well as metal, wooden and fabric ornaments in order to replace what you may have lost from your shoes. If we don’t have exactly what you need, we can do a replacement operation on both shoes leaving the pair identical and virtually without variation from the original.
We can add up to a full size or size and a half to your shoes and boots with special machines that we have on the premises that can gently stretch your shoes and boots to more comfortably accommodate a wearer’s feet or calves. We can also fix gaps in zippered boots or “relax” the fit at the calf to make the boots easier to zip up.
This service consists in restoring the original color and sheen to shoes or exotic leather products. We mix tints in order to match the original color. Shoes should be cleaned before being touched up. If heels are ripped or scratched, they can be rewrapped. In this case, if colors other than black are called for, we will match the original color. We normally include touch ups as part of the cleaning service or with a change in heels.
Conditioning and Reglazing
Exotic leathers should be frequently reconditioned. If the climate is especially dry, exotic leather can lose its bright and unsullied look. This is especially true with any reptile leathers or ostrich. Regular leather should also be conditioned. In humid or wet areas, leather should be protected from the elements with quality conditioners and common sense. Another service we offer is reglazing of exotic leather. This consists of reestablishing the original sheen of the leather.
Innersoles should be changed regularly in order to avoid their flattening out, which reduces comfort. Old innersoles can also waft odors which a wearer would rather not waft. A rule of thumb is that when the innersole no longer matches the color or form of the outsole, it’s time for a change. We keep our inventory stocked with a wide variety of colors in leather innersoles in order to match your originals.
This sort of adjustment is made when a boot is too wide at the calf. Normally this is a job we do on new boots in order to give the wearer a perfect fit as well as a perfect look as we maintain the style of the original stitching. If a zipper is involved, we can cut down the size of the calf opening and resew the zipper to match the original in every way. To fix your boots we need three measurements: at the widest part of the calf, right below your calf muscle and at the ankle. We also need the exact distance in inches from the floor to the lowest part of your calf muscle—that part that “cuts” when you stand on tiptoe. We keep on file the measurements of many of our customers who are boot wearers, so that we can modify their boots, no matter where they may happen to be.
Add Elastic on Calves
If boots are tight, we can inconspicuously add elastic to the boot opening. The elastic is invisible when you are wearing the boots.
Add Leather on Calves
Another option, aside from elastic, is to add leather to a boot that is too tight. We use leather that is the same color and texture as the original. We also copy the original stitching and even use the same stitch holes in order to provide you with a boot that looks as good on you as it did on the original models who walked the boot’s prototype down the runway.