Does anybody know of a cobbler anywhere in London or the south-east of England who can repair a sandal with a broken rivet closure, or else replace the rivet closure with a buckle closure?
I bought a pair of Aerosoles Heirlooms
by international order.
As you can imagine, the shipping cost was nearly 100% of the cost of the sandals, and then I had a nearly £20 customs fee to get them delivered once they arrived in the UK. It was a big risk but I figured it would be worth it as I am totally fed up with having uncomfortable and ill-fitting shoes and I had heard enough good things about Aerosoles that I thought it was worth the risk. It was a long, long, long and very expensive business, but I finally got my sandals.
Well, apart from the heel being very loose and the toe-strap being very tight... I solved that by having as many extra holes punched as possible to tighten the fastening, and Vaselining my toes so that the toe-strap didn't give me another blister, by the second wearing I had successfully worked around all the problems and I had a really nice, comfy pair of sandals at last.
Lightheaded with success against incredible odds, I went to put them on for their third glorious wearing. Only to find that the cap had come off the rivet closure on the right shoe, so that there was no way of holding the fastening closed. I tried tucking the strap in but of course it unfurled and the shoe was just flapping unsecured on my foot.
I took it to a specialist cobbler in Oxford, the kind that was established in 1242 and promises the very finest of shoe repair services to the gentry. Of course, they told me that repairing the rivet closure was out of the question. I actually believe that part, because of prior experience with trying to get that kind of closure repaired.
I then asked them if it would be possible to work around it by replacing the rivet closure with a buckle fastening. They said no, they couldn't.
I actually don't see why this would be physically impossible at all. Is it really the case that no cobbler would ever be able to remove a rivet and sew a buckle fastening onto the strap where it was?
If there is a cobbler that could do this, who are they and where?