There's nothing like a comfortable pair of shoes. In time, these well-worn and favorite friends, as much as we don't want to admit, need to be replaced. In the disposable society in which we live, we might think this is our only choice. But is it? Think back to another time when it was a common practice to do something else with your shoes. Yes, there were shoe repair shops. At one time in the 1940s in Dunkirk alone, there were more than six. Even 20 years ago, there were about 11 shops in approximately a 50-mile radius in our surrounding area. Now there are only two. This is good news however because shoes and more can be saved and refurbished. At the same time we are supporting a local business and contributing to making a positive economic impact in our own communities, a theme addressed in prior columns.