A Tale of Two Boots, aka So Long, Steve Madden


You might think that these shoes were old as dirt, from the looks of them. Wrong. I bought them new last year from Steve Madden (the Troopa boot) and I am utterly and completely irked that they are so low-quality. The backs of the heels, which looked like wood or leather, appear to be made from packing materials, and the soles split clean down the middle.

They cost about $100. Where I come from, that’s a decent amount of money to spend on shoes! $100 should buy shoes that last longer than 6 months. So, I won’t be making my very occasional new shoe purchase at Steve Madden. I’m not even sure they’re worth repairing.


I think Orson says it better than I could:

On the positive side, I thought I’d share some pics of my newly restored thrifted cowboy boots! I wore the crap out of them, walking everywhere in them for a few years straight. I finally took them in to get repaired, et voila!


New leather soles with Vibram rubber over top to make them last longer, plus a new heel. I’m smitten! They’re broken in perfectly but still feel new somehow.



2 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Boots, aka So Long, Steve Madden

  1. Ooh, I'm not sure where you live, but here in NYC you can get boots re-soled for about $12. I do it all the time since my boots get beaten up from so much walking, and it sure beats throwing away boots you love!

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