I wrote last year that I had bought a pair of German shoes, and wanted to use them on the stone pavement of Germany. See this entry.
It's 9 months since I posted the entry. I visited Germany twice in this period wearing these shoes and I've been wearing them on my daily commute and walking. As is to be expected, they were gradually getting damaged. I took them to the shoe shop where I had bought them to ask how to keep them nice.
The craftsman examined my shoes and promptly pointed out my unfavorable characteristics of walking. I fully agreed with his opinion and followed his advice. He modified my shoe inserts in some 20 minutes, and it made me feel fine in walking. Additionally, I asked him to mend the soles. It cost 4500 yen in total, but this repair made my shoes more comfortable for me than when they were new.
To tell the truth, I felt that these shoes were expensive when I saw them for the first time. However, I trusted the spirit of German craftsmen, and got them. My thought wasn't wrong. Thinking that you can use a pair of shoes for a long time with periodic repairs, these shoes were never expensive. To use good items for a long time might be the way of life of German people. The picture shows the soles of my shoes, which are fixed in the heels.
- as is to be expected さすがに
- craftsman （熟練した）職人, 工芸家
- shoe insert / sock liner 靴の中敷き
- periodic 定期的な, 周期的な