|floating the san jaun, june '06|
But after eight years of moderately-heavy use, the inevitable has happened. . . the webbing of one strap finally ripped and several other straps are on their way. The sandals made it through last fall though I knew it was only a matter of time before I'd experience a blow out. Oh, and the soles are nearly smooth and starting to come unglued from foot bed under the ball of my foot. Not a few days after I dug them out of the spring/summer tub last week did the strap pull away from the foot bed as I slid them on.
|at least it's a clean tear|
|nearly-bare soles, but still rather grippy!|
The great thing about Chaco is that they offer repair services to salvage a favorite pair: rewebbing with any of a huge range of color options, over 90 for women's sandals, and resoling with one of three tread options. For almost $90 ($36 for rewebbing, $40 for resoling, plus shipping), my sandals would be almost new again. For around $100, I could get a new pair altogether. Considering this pair has lasted me about eight years, I know I got my money's worth the first time around, and either way, I'll get my money's worth for the next eight years.
So for now, I went with a crafty quick fix: a couple of stitches between the ripped strap and its crossover neighbor. I could have gone with duct tape, but this is slighly more subtle, and less likely to end up sticking to my foot.
|a stitch in time saves nine-tyish dollars|
Conveniently, the ripped strap is one that runs against the foot from the arch to the outside by my pinkie toe, and is somewhat held in place by the still-attached strap that runs across the wider part of my foot and over the ripped strap.
I'm sure with constant wearing this spring it will only be a matter of time until some of the other straps give-way and I run out of still-attached straps to use as anchors. But until then, I will contemplate my color and sole choices if I go the rehab-route, and window shop this years' models until I finally break down and retire or repair this pair.
|we'll wait a few more weeks. . . or months. . .|