Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Second hand shoes: Is this a false economy?
In a throw away society when your electrical appliance go on the bung it was easier to buy the latest model than try to repair it. Cheaper too. Same goes for shoes but that mind-set may now have changed due to the economic climate. People are looking for ways to extend the life of their belongings. Already there has been a significant raise in the number of people saving money by getting their shoes fixed at cobblers. Shoe repair however will never appeal to customers who primarily buy low-cost footwear because of the way the mass produced shoes are made making repair either impossible or more expensive than the cost of a replacement pair. Sales of good quality footwear have suffered as more people clamber to buy cheaper shoes. Is this a false economy? Non moulded shoes constructed with separate uppers and sole can be easily repaired and component parts replaced. The cost of quality footwear is higher than mass produced moulded shoes however sales in second hand shoes has also risen and people are having them repaired for a fraction of the original cost.