Fix It! Best Cobblers in 9 Major US Cities


Shoe repair is one of the simplest ways to have a more sustainable and budget-friendly wardrobe: By repairing what you have (buying good quality in the first place helps), you will keep your beloved faves in great shape, use less, and spend less. Having a trustworthy cobbler to go to when you need her or him is key. We’re letting you in on local secrets with this list of the best cobblers in 9 American cities.

New York City: Dino Shoe Repair

Dino’s has been a family run business for over 20 years, and if you’ve ever used their service you would know why. They are truly artistic masters in everything from shoe shining, re-dying, adding new heels or soles. Look out for Maria, who runs the counter; she is quite a local celebrity with her big heart and honest talk.

1806 Broadway (59th street Columbus Circle); (212) 397 4066

San Francisco: Galletti Shoe Repair

Walking up and down San Francisco streets can wear shoes down (but hey, that’s normal!). From Louboutins to Steve Madden, they will do jobs other shoe repairs won’t go near (and master them too).

22 Battery St (between Bush St & Pine St); (415) 398-5474

Austin: Abraham’s Shoe Repair

Abraham’s Shoe Repair ‘s fixes have been compared to the magic of Gepetto’s workshop. They are friendly, honest and sometimes even do small jobs for free. Perhaps the only downside to Abraham’s is they only take cash.

11005 Burnet Rd; (512) 835-1683

Portland: Nob Hill Shoe Repair

There are so many makers and repair shops in Portland, it is hard to pick the best cobbler in town, but Nob Hill is known for their excellent work, and fast service. They are even pet friendly: Bring in your dog and they will give them a treat!

511 NW 21st Ave; (503) 223-1084

Chicago: Gus New Quality Shoe Repair

Gus’ is often a local, insider secret because of their great work and low prices. They even deliver…so shh, keep it under wraps!

2361 N Clark St (between Belden Ave & Fullerton Ave); (773) 525-0133

Los Angeles: Willie’s Shoe Service

I know you Angelnos don’t do much walking, but in case you are in a need of some shoe vamping you must go to Willie’s Shoe Service. With walls hung with a hall of fame of celebrity clients, their biggest client is the Los Angeles Opera!

801 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 463-5011

Boston: George’s Shoe Repair

George’s loyal customer following knows him for his prompt service, sweet demeanor and reasonable prices.  Oh yeah, and that his shop’s work is the best in Boston!

120 Union Park St (between Tremont St & Albany St); (617) 970-3836

Philadelphia: Dom’s Shoe Repair

High quality shoe repair at a reasonable price–how can you beat that?! Dom, the owner has worked magic on thousands of dollars worth of shoes, bring them all back to a state of repair.

1325 Tasker St; (215) 468-4353

Denver: Cobbler’s Corner

They might tease you if you bring in a fancy pair of heels, but they will surely with fix ’em good! Cobbler’s Corner is a cornerstone of downtown Denver, and with all its local fans, won’t be moving anytime soon.

826 17th St; (303) 623-3838


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See Also:

The Ultimate List of Sustainable Shoe Designers (From A-Z)

How To Preserve Your Designer Shoes


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Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.