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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  04:40:53 AM  Show Profile
i have these lovely louis vuitton croc pumps that are multiple sizes too big! they are an 11 and i am an 8! but i love them so much and they were handed down to me from someone, are they going to be able to be resized to my shoe size? or is that impossible to do? thank you for any help!


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Posted - 03/22/2006 :  11:05:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Hartland's Homepage
trying to make up 3 sizes difference will be quite difficult.

We have a customer who wears a size 41/2 and has a hard time finding pumps to fit. What we do for her is sew on pump straps, with an elastised buckle, like you see on dance shoes. We also put a foam "jimmie" under the insole, so that makes her shoes wearable for the job she has as a hostess in a restuarant...

She says that she wouldn't recommend hiking around town, because the shoe isn't tight enough, but thankfully, good enough to walk to the car, and into the house which meets the need.

To find some natural or synthetic croc material will be the hardest part. You might scrounge around the used clothing stores, and see what you can find. MAYBE you could find an old LV purse or bag that could be used for making a pair of straps.. (We have a bag that is a (copy) that someone left behind!)

(the other Idea, Do the heels have a solid color leather? maybe in this case you could have straps put on to match the heels....)

To remake the shoes smaller takes a shoemaker that has shoe lasts.. It takes quite a bit of expertise to last regular leather, let alone an extotic skin...Leather needs to be shaped onto the new last, and stay stretched over the last for a week or so before it can retain the new shape. Someone who is an expert in this area probably won't be cheap.

Good Luck,

Gene's Hartland Shoe Repair - Saint Paul MN

Edited by - Hartland on 03/22/2006 11:09:43 AM
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Posted - 03/23/2006 :  09:04:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit bedos's Homepage
We work with a lot of "LV" shoes and some times you have to walk away from a job. For dance shoes YES it is a very good idea to put straps on. I personaly would not alter a beautiful "LV" pumps,
to size them is one thing but to try to put straps on a pair of "LV" pumps is not recomended. The only advice is to try to sell them and find some thing that fits you. I agree with Gene, some one needs to be a shoe maker to take on this type of work. Even then the job is double difficult because you are taking appart a shoe already made and trying to remake it. My father, my grandfather, and my great grandfather were all shoe makers so I know whats involved in making a shoe.
Bedo's Leatherworks Inc.
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Posted - 03/23/2006 :  12:52:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Hartland's Homepage
you had the guts to say what I forgot to say, Yes, sometimes it is best to walk away from something like that...
best wishes,

Gene's Hartland Shoe Repair - Saint Paul MN
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Posted - 03/23/2006 :  4:22:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Randy Lipson's Homepage
Try this website for a unique idea for mules or just keeping on those shoes that slip.

Randy Lipson
Cobblestone Shoe Repair
St. Louis, Mo.
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