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How I Rescued a Pair of Steve Maddens

on June 4, 2014

When I spotted these Steve Madden wedges at the thrift store recently I tried them on. They fit. I paid. I went home. Then I noticed that the elastic on both sandals was disintegrating and could come apart any time.

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There were only 2 options: 1. Forget about them and toss ’em. 2. Take them to the shoe repair shop. Well, I couldn’t toss them. They were in really good shape and wedges are perfect for summer. I love them for work as they’re so comfy and they look great. The shoe repair guy? Meh, how hard could it be to fix this?

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I’m going to play cobbler for a day. How could I NOT see this problem when I tried them on? I need to start carrying my reading glasses around EVERYWHERE!

Step One: Cut that offender out!

You're going down!

You’re going down!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not bad Ms. Cobbler. Not bad.

Step Two: Cut a new piece of elastic for each shoe. I didn’t even measure anything. Just eyeballed it and started hand sewing the new elastic in place making sure to poke the little spike through the elastic in the middle (OK, I actually had to google the word for that part, the spike. I was going to say that sticking up thing that goes in the hole). However did we survive without google?

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Light Bulb Moment: Now that I think of it, I’ve got a pair of gorgeous red heels where one of the slingbacks is too loose. I don’t know if one foot is bigger than the other or what but I’ve had the shoes for years and don’t wear them because one keeps sliding off. I could do the same thing for those.

Lesson learned: dont’ toss! You can figure it out!

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3 responses to “How I Rescued a Pair of Steve Maddens

  1. Rude Record says:

    Love DIY shoe repair. And at RUDE if shoes are vintage and beautiful like my Selby made in USA leather shoes, I will take them to the cobbler for some TLC.

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  2. Nice job! It looks professional. You can’t even tell you made a change!

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