And this is them now:
- Resoled with Topy soles (twice)
- Hole punched when the leather has become stretched
- Stitched back together when the straps snapped away from the main part of the shoe
- Polished countless times (including the sole)
And now, it looks like they'll have to have their soles (not the Topy, but the actual original soles) split in half (horizontally) to put the broken part back in and be re-glued down.
It's probably about time this happened anyway.
Like I said, I've had them for 3.5 years. That's four Australian summers, one American one and one Asian one. These babies have been all over the place. They were there at some landmark events in my life. Really important events; like when I got my Chanel Jumbo classic at Chanel's 5th ave. boutique.
But when you break it down on a cost per wear basis (literally about 450 wears at $628 a pair) it works out to be roughly $1.50 per wear. And for how comfortable they are, how gorgeous and different they are and how well they have lasted despite me wearing them in the rain, throwing them around after use and walking innumerable hours in them- maybe it is time to lay them to rest?
I'll take them to my trusty shoe repair people and see what the verdict is. They're probably sick of them by now- but in the wise words of Mariah Carey; even though I try/I can't let go.
Have you ever had to throw out something you absolutely adored? How did you do it? HELP!
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