A cobbler can keep your shoes in tiptop shape for years, repairing them piece by piece.
Before the industrial revolution, the point when cheap shoes became easily available, cobblers were the first stop for broken shoes. Now, many think of cobblers as an antiquity — if they think of them at all. However, wearers of high-quality dress shoes and boots still turn to their local cobblers for shoe repair.
It's not just about fashion. Cobblers and their customers tout the environmental and physical health benefits, as well as being able to wear the same pair of broken-in shoes for years.
A visit to the cobbler can cost anywhere from $5 to $85 or more, depending on the type and number of services your shoes require.
Typical services that any shoe repair service should offer include:
- Whole or half sole replacement
- Heel replacement, including high heels
- Insole replacement
- Orthopedic augmentation
- Strap repair and replacement
- Cleaning and shining
- Dyeing to change or restore color
- Golf shoe repair and spike replacement
- Repairing puppy-chewed shoes
- Waterproofing, in part to prevent salt stains
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This video explains what a cobbler can do and how much it costs.
Besides shoes, many cobblers offer services for other household items, often made of leather.
These non-shoe services can include:
- Belt repair and shortening, and belt buckle replacement
- Leather jacket or coat repair and refinishing
- Zipper replacement
- Backpack repair
- Re-lacing baseball gloves
- Luggage repair and cleaning
- Stitching handbags
- Replacing binocular and camera straps or watchbands