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Aaron N. Tubbs

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In a moment of brilliance, I managed to leave my only good pair of orthopedically correct shoes in the back of our rental PT Cruiser (mini-review: sucked). For new readers, I have a leg that’s too short, and wearing shoes at the same height causes my hip/spine/back to do bad things.

My identical pair of tennis shoes has worn through its soles on the right shoe, and wearing will put it in danger of damaging the sole beyond repair. My dress shoes now have a hole out the side of the upper, and even the “good” pair that I’ve now lost (and with hope will recover) has several holes in the interior fabric around the heel and ankle.

So, it’s time to a) re-sole the intact shoe I have and b) look into getting new shoes made again. I like my Hersey Customs for tennis shoes, but their dress shoes don’t look very dressy, and they don’t offer much in the way of hiking boots. I’ve used the tennis shoes quite a bit for hiking, but they’re not boots, and their lack of upper-ankle support and tread just means I’m all the more likely to damage my ankle (again) during more technical hikes.

In any event, I think I’ve found a cobbler in New Rochelle who can make me some new dress shoes. I don’t have a strong sense of what that will run, though probably close to $500. I need to pay him a visit sometime in the next few weeks.

I’ll also send my worn-down pair of Hersey Customs in for some repair and new soles, hopefully less than $100 at the end of the day.

Finally, I think I’ve finally found a boot maker that can make me an appropriate set of hiking boots. Downside 1: I’ll need to first make time, and then arrange to visit him in Utah. Downside 2: I don’t know how much they’re going to cost, but even ignoring airfare, lost work, and hotel, I’m pretty confident it’s going to be well over a grand just to get started after consult, lasting, and the first pair of boots.

With quality comes cost. Yippee!