It was like stepping back in time bringing my shoes to King’s Shoe Repair in Bennington Vermont. I was surprised there was actually still a shoe repair shop around.
There was no small talk,we got right down to business. Some of the stitching on my red shoes was coming out and the velcro doesn’t stick anymore. The owner, who spoke with an Italian accent, didn’t take my name or phone number, just gave me a yellow ticket with a number on it and told me to come back at the end of the week.
I tend to have long relationships with my shoes. When I find a pair I love I wear them everyday and expect them to last. Years ago, I had a pair of black boots once that I had resoled and had the tops patched so many times the shoemaker finally told me I had to get a new pair, he couldn’t fix them anymore.
I love places like Kings Shoe Repair. In my mind, I still think of it as a Shoemaker’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if that man put my shoes on the self at night and when he came in the next morning they were fixed by the elves. It was like walking into a fairy tale going there. I bet after the elves were done, my red shoes were up all night dancing.