Cobbler Cobbler Mend My Shoes

Get it done by half-past two.  Recall that nursery rhyme  ?

When was the last time you got your shoes mended by a cobbler ?  I have not done that for a long long time.

In my years of growing up, a new pair of shoes would be worn till the front started to gape like a hungry crocodile, or holes started to appear in the soles.   Then off we went in search of a cobbler to patch them up, perhaps a with new sole.  A pair of shoes would have undergone a couple of repairs before it got discarded.

It is a very different world today, as shoes morphed from “footwear” to “fashion statements”, with the womenfolk being specially vulnerable.    They get thrown out long before they get worn out.

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