Doc Martens & Tate’s Shoe Service
Tim Tate of Tate’s Shoe Service is one of Santa Rosa’s hometown treasures. He cleans, repairs, and advises — shoes, jackets, and probably anything leather you need worked on. It doesn’t bother me any more to pick up shady-looking shoes at thrift stores or the flea market, because Tim can either fix them up or tell me if they aren’t worth saving.
So when I saw this pair of green glitter Doc Martens at the Goodwill on 4th Street, I splurged, even though the boots didn’t have shoelaces. (There were a number of pairs of shoes that day sans shoelaces, oddly.) Took ’em into Tate’s and asked for shoelaces. He counted the eyelets and sold me a long pair of shoelaces for $3.
“Anything else you recommend with these?” I asked.
Tim eyeballed the boots and said, “Just wear ’em.” He examined them inside and out, tested for structural soundness, and pronounced them fine. He said the glitter was original, because the stitching wasn’t affected, and the tongue inside was also green glittered.
Now I have to figure out my story for these: maybe I bought them from a starving punk after after a Clash concert in London in 1978? or perhaps I found them dumpster diving when I was living at The Slums in Petaluma in 1982 …
Purchased at Goodwill, 1300 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404