When folks needed a shoemaker. Hard times. Shoes had to last.

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Since when have you needed to visit a shoemaker?  That used to be in a very active business.  These shoes from the past show what the past was really like.  Ladies needed to have a pair of dress shoes for church or shopping and you probably remember (if you are older) that ladies did not wear pants except for doing hard labor in the fields.  These pictures are of a pair of high heeled dress shoes.  

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When they became aged you just kept wearing them and you took them to the shoemaker and he'd put on new soles.  Looks as if these have also had some new inside pieces.  I'm not sure why I bought these things at a flea market but I did several years ago.  Perhaps they reminded me of my mother who wore similar shoes, only wore dresses except when working in tobacco fields or other farm labor and lived through some really hard times.  Lots of folks are having hard times now but the shoes now are probably more comfortable.  This was before tennis shoes, right?

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Kathy Streib
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HI barbara- our shoemaker in Delray closed a few years ago and haven’t found a replacement. I had a good friend years ago who took her expensive heels to a shoemaker before she even wore them. She would have soles put on them and other things and kept her shoes for years.

Jan 02, 2018 12:21 PM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Kathy, I guess it is mostly a lost art.  

 

Jan 02, 2018 02:05 PM #2
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

There is no comfort like a well worn pair of shoes. I have to tell you I have re-attached soles to yard work shoes with contact cement. The soles aren't worn out but come loose from the body. I also have a tendency to poke holes at the big toe in woven cloth top walking shoes. Out comes the trusty glue gun to repair them.

I can feel you thinking why not just buy a new pair of shoes?

Again, There is no comfort like a well worn pair of shoes. 

I can remember having shoes re-soled in downtown Searcy. I believe the shop

was on Market street. I fondly remember the smell of leather and shoe polish.

I always waited and watched the sewing on of new soles and the buffing of the shoe leather with the big  spinning buffer.

Thanks for helping me dredge up that memory with you blog.

Jan 03, 2018 12:01 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, that was an interesting story of memories of shoes.  Seems as if I can remember, however, that new shoes were hard to break in and I may have had a relative try to talk me into breaking in her new shoes! 

I don't know whether Searcy even has a shoe repair shop anymore.  The last one I remember was on East Race.

Jan 04, 2018 05:06 AM #4
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Anita Fuller

My memory says Melvin Phelps Shoe Repair - on Spring Street, alongside The Ideal Shop, Morris and Son.....but there is no business nor phone listed in my l957 phone book. But I'm with Don: I can still smell the leather and shoe polish.

Jan 04, 2018 06:52 AM #5
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Don Thompson
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The reason I waited for the shoes to be resoled is I probably only had one pair of shoes as a youngster. They had to serve as Sunday Go To Meeting shoes also.

I went barefoot everywhere in the summer. I so looked forward to shedding shoes and letting the feet roam free. Later I got a second pair of shoes. Ball shoes as we called them. Nobody played tennis so they weren't tennis shoes as was  a popular name. They always felt so good and saved the feet from cuts and bruises.

Now I have a collection of maybe 10 pairs of shoes. I'm wearing a pair of black leather Nikes right now with the silver swoosh on the side.

 

Ta Ta, time to head to coffee with the guys. We meet Mon. and Thur. at a Starbucks for two hours. We have a room reserved with long table and lots of chairs. Usually there are 10 of us. We have been meeting for 25 years now.

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Jan 04, 2018 07:31 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, the one I remember would have been way past 1957 probably.  It was out near the Noble Motel.  

Jan 06, 2018 04:51 AM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Hold it, Don!  You just moved back to California so how did you meet these guys for two hours twice a week while you were in Arkansas?  But Anita and I are happy that you are happy back in California!  And happy that you are happy with the shoes!  And I am happy that you still read the blogs and give us information!!  So Happy New Year to our favorite California friend!

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