Shoemakers Are As Valuable As Ever Before
David DiMauro is aging gracefully as a shoemaker, shoe repairman or cobbler, but he’s also known as a recycler and sometimes a miracle worker. A sign over his door declares him a “Sole Man!”
Save Money and the Environment!
Cobblers like David DiMauro are skilled at repairing dress and work boots, shoes, belts, purses, wallets, coin purses, and an occasional leather beanbag chair. David often replaces soles, heels, and shoe or purse straps, but he can restring an old baseball mitt like new, also.
“Keep those shoes out of the landfill. Get them fixed instead!”
Extend the Life of Purchases
People bring in broken and worn-out shoes to be fixed, but David tells everyone to bring in their new shoes, too. Sole and heel protectors will extend the life of favorite and expensive shoes.
Aging Gracefully with Problem Feet
- Feet naturally widen from aging, but shoes, boots, and skates can be stretched to fit comfortably once more.
- Cobblers commonly adjust straps and Velcro placements, allowing consumers to purchase their favorite stylish shoes, as opposed to lace-ups purchased as the only solution.
Protect Your Shoes and Yourself
- Protect shoes and boots before winter arrives. Get them waterproofed and conditioned. Through the cold weather, bring them back occasionally for the cobbler to de-salt, clean, and recondition to like-new.
- Women’s high heels are typically plastic and slippery. Replace with a rubber heel for better traction and durability.
- A quality shoe can be re-soled 7 or 8 times, making a higher-priced item well worth its purchase.
The Secret to Aging Gracefully
David has a wealth of information to share about shoe repair and more. He’s aging gracefully doing what he loves in a community that he loves!
David stresses the importance of intergenerational relationships, as it was his grandmother that got him started in this business he loves.
“Figure out what you want with your life as early as possible. Do what you love. Enjoy life and don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Share your thoughts in the comment box below…
When is the last time YOU went to the shoe repairman?
What is the funniest thing you’ve had repaired by a cobbler?
Will you now consider using your local shoe repair to save more money and the environment?
If you’re looking for other ways to save the environment, be sure you read the Aging Gracefully article on Organic Lawn Care!