Who repairs shoes? What are these people called and what is their job description?
I’m going to answer all these questions and more in this article.
A shoe repairman is called a cobbler
Cobblers repair shoes.
They are the ones you go to when something happens to your footwear.
Although nowadays they are known as a shoe repair shop just because it’s easier for the average person to understand what it is.
Cobblers can do pretty much anything when it comes to repairing shoes.
They can fix rips, remove scratches, repair heels, tighten stitching, glue loose bits, and even perform general maintenance.
Some are more experienced than others, but it’s not uncommon for cobblers to “do-it-all”.
Theses days cobblers aren’t as common as they use to be.
It’s much easier and less hassle to just buy a new pair.
However, that is for the average shoe.
What about dress shoes that you paid $500 for?
Exactly, you don’t want to leave those at the bottom of your wardrobe to rot and lose money.
That’s when you definitely need to look after them and see a cobbler every once in a while.
When should you see a cobbler?
A nice pair of high quality dress shoes can last up to 20 years, sometimes more.
It’s not uncommon for someone to still have a pair from the early 1900’s, passed down from generation to generation.
That’s because they have been made with fine craftsmanship, high quality materials, and they have been taken to a cobbler at least once a year for maintenance and repairs if needed.
You should definitely see a cobbler every once in a while for your most expensive shoes.
Any shoe over $150 is worth looking after, as it’s better to get it repaired then to buy a new one.
However, anything under $150 might not be worth it.
But this all depends on the type of footwear and how old it is.
Shoes you absolutely love and paid a lot for needs to be maintained by a cobbler at least once a year.
How much does it cost to repair shoes?
Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect to pay for the different services they provide.
Shine and condition: $8 – $20
Suede brushing and color refresh: $15 – $20 or more for delicate fabrics
Deodorize and remove stains: $50 – $60
Suede dry clean: $45
Waterproofing: $10 – $15
Remove scratches and scuffs: $25 or more depending on type of fabric
New sole: $30 – $75 depending on if you need half a sole, full sole, and the material the sole is made out of
Heel repair: $5 – $10, or $60 – $120 if the entire heel come off
Shoe stretch: $15 – $25, or $45 for boots
Although you can do it yourself with the right stretching tool.
These numbers are average and not set in stone.
Each cobbler has their own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s better to call them and see if they can fix your problem and the cost.
All cobblers are different and their prices will vary.
Use these as prices as a general rule of thumb.
How to find a cobbler in your area
These days with the internet, the world is literally at our fingertips.
To find a cobbler in your area, simply type in “cobbler near me” in Google.
It will come up with a list of cobblers in your area.
A lot of them will have reviews that can help you make a better decision based on your needs.
Check the reviews and see which one you like the most.
Well there you have it
That’s all the information you need to know about shoe repairman, or cobblers if you want to be technical.
They are perfect for fixing your expensive shoes so you don’t have to go out and spend more money on new ones.
In all honesty, spending $50 on a new insole is much better than paying $400 for an entire new pair.
Shoe repairman can do it all and all it takes is a simple phone call to see if they can help you.
And that concludes this article about cobblers.
All questions and concerns are welcome in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!