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No Cobbler in Town? Send Your Shoes Out For Repair

These days, it's all about making the best of the things you already own. Americans are embracing this mentality, and the shoe-repair industry has seen a major boost because of it — one third-generation cobbler told The Wall Street Journal his business shot up 50 percent since the economy started its downward spiral.

Many places no longer have a local cobbler, so the 20-something son-of-a-cobbler, Ilya Romanov, created an online shoe-repair service as an extension of his father's existing cobbling business. People from around the country mail in worn-down shoes to AmericanHeelers.com, and then the shoes are repaired by Romanov's father's shop.

Save money on shoes by taking them to your local cobbler if you have one, but if your town is without, why not give American Heelers a try? The website says they offer free shipping both ways. It seems like a great alternative to buying new when you don't really need to be shopping.

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ylovely ylovely 8 years
I used to have a cobbler that I went to but he's now closed. Nordstroms has a service but they send out the shoes to some guy out of state.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I have TONS of shoes I need to get re-tipped. I always just wear my heels all day, so the walk into work kills them. I live in D.C., though, so I'm guessing it wouldn't be too hard to find a shoe repair place.
KatMalone KatMalone 8 years
These prices are really high on this site, $19.99 for taps? Wow, I know that my local cobblers in ATL charge a fraction of that, so will keep them in business as best I can :)
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I have a great pair of leather low-heel boots that need to be resoled - this post reminds me I need to check into finding a cobbler in my city. Thanks :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat. I think there is one two towns over from me.
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