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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Take care of that pair: International shoe repair competition

The Shoe Service Institute of America's International Grand Silver Cup Contest invites shoe repairers to send their best efforts to be judged. This year’s winner was Barry Croft of Shoe Savers on Bissonnet, Houston. Croft is the only person to have won the competition twice in its 70 year history. The contest requires the repairer to restore a shoe to its original state. Each contestant must select a pair of shoes, repair one of them and send both in to be judged. On average the life span of a pair of high-quality shoes depends on how well they are kept. High maintenance maybe but well worth it when they can last 15 to 20 years. Croft’s customers are willing to pay between $75 to $100 to restore a $1,000 pair of Manolo Blahniks. The most common repairs are sole protectors for women; and sole and heel repalcements for men.

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