I was at our local shoe repair shop recently. I bought a new purse (which is a big deal as this happens once a decade!) and needed the strap permanently shortened. I was intrigued by the concept of shoe repair.
I can’t remember the last time I had shoes repaired but it’s been decades. The shoes I wear (think geriatric) have some tough composite sole that rarely wears out. I’m more likely to get tired of them or wear out the top part.
I asked the repairman. It’s a small shop in a small city. There are only three in my area total. Compare that to 87,000 pizza shops. We have more golf courses!
He gets about 40 pair of shoes a day. I was stunned. He was a stereotypical (if that still exists) shoe guy. He looked Italian-ish and some sort of unidentifiable middle age. Somewhere between 40 and 80 (but not an old 80).
Noticing my astonishment, he said that it’s mostly suits and heels. It took me a while but he was referring to the men who wear suits (doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs) and women who wore heels, the real ones – skinny stilettos or clunky heels with leather shoes. I saw rows and rows of finished shoes waiting to be picked up so I know he was telling the truth.
Most of my friends wear shoes that come under casual, inching dangerously into sneaker area. If we need to gussy up, we get cheap dress shoes which we rarely wear because they are uncomfortable (because they are cheap). He said he makes a good living.
He does an excellent job on my purses so we’re both happy. Do you get your shoes repaired?