It took me a long while to take this leap of commitment in buying the ultimate shoes, the dream red soles of all woman, Christian Louboutin. So much thoughts went into the process of choosing the style, color and size but at the end I settled in for a pair of Bruges 120 in black.
Why Bruges 120? Well, the shape of the shoes in general appealed to me and the fact that the heels were not too skinny or too thick also played an important role not to mention the platforms that support the 120 heels, but above all the toe box of this style was the final deal sealer - rounded, roomy and comfortable enough even on my bunion!
The only problem I faced in buying this shoes was the size. Now, Bruges is known to be true to size and a 37 girl like me should be fine with 37 but because of my bunion on the right foot, I was in between 37 and 37.5. I thought better big than small and went with 37.5 and they were slipping off my feet as I walked. I had to take them to see the shoe doctor, Arturo.
Arturo is the owner and genius behind Arturo's Shoe Fixx in Beverly Hills (on Santa Monica Blvd, between North Rodeo Dr and Wilshire Blvd) It is just a simple shop amid all the posh looking shops and restaurants in that area, you can easily missed it. I found out about this place while researching for a good cobbler that has good experience with Louboutin and since I was in Beverly Hills for a week last month, I took the opportunity to take my Bruges in for a fix.
Arturo, in his late 80s attended to me and he was just sweet. I told him my problem and he gave me a few options on how to go about it. After a further discussion and him telling me his opinion, we decided to go with the additional leather inserts. Basically what he did was to add a piece of leather at the back of the heel area of the shoe to fill in the gap. I was asked to come back for a shoe fitting ( now, that's a first!) before he sealed the leather final. The final results was amazing! He even colored the top leather black (the color of the shoes) to hide the tell tale of the fix! I also had him covered the front part of the red sole with red 'vibram' to protect the red color, (very popular among CL shoe lovers) no ugly peeling or discoloration with use and it also double up as anti slip. All that services for $60, a bit pricey but it is worth every single cent considering my shoes just got fixed by the best shoe doctor in Beverly Hills!
The leather insert and colored top bit
An example of worn discolored CL soles. Image source
Vibram added as anti slip and also to avoid ugly red color peeling known on CL soles
I was thrill with the result and would recommend Arturo for shoe fixing, any shoes for that matter. He also does handbag fixing and his customers come from all walks of life with all types of shoes. I know the area could be a bit intimidating but once inside his store you'll realize that it is after all a typical cobbler with a friendly old man that is good at what he's doing, like the best plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills!