In today’s throw-away society, it is all too common to just toss something out if it is scuffed or in disrepair. But sometimes you find a pair of shoes that are just right. The fit is supportive and comfortable, they are a great color and make you look and feel good. When a heel breaks, the sole separates or they get scuffed and shabby, you inevitably find they have been discontinued or are just too expensive to replace. Luckily, Sacramento is home to some excellent cobblers who can repair and breathe new life to leather goods, shoes, belts and more.
4005 Manzanita Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
If a cat got your tongue, come to Sole Provider to repair chewed-on shoe tongues and laces, torn linings or separated, off-track zippers. Purses, leather iPad or phone cases can often be repaired rather than replaced, and the owner will direct you toward the most cost-effective solutions. Sandals, oxfords and loafers from companies like Birkenstock traditionally last a long time, but once they start to fall apart, they are usually thrown out. Instead of paying up to $200 for a new pair, take them to the cobbler for an effective, inexpensive repair.
Schroeder’s Shoe Repair
2022 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Don’t throw away that belt when you’ve lost or gained weight; Schroeder’s can shorten it or add new holes and make it look new again. Heel and toe tip replacements are usually under $10 and prices on other services are excellent. The shop provides quick turnaround for repairs and cleaning, and offers a wide selection of low-priced yet long-lasting laces for virtually every type of footwear. Bring cash or a check, as Schroeder’s does not take credit cards.
If your flats have no more sole, your heels are on their last legs or your work boots have called it quits, New Life can resuscitate them. The owner knows how to handle trouble with everything from classic loafers, pumps and boots to more trendy, athletic or utility designs. The shop is known for finding creative fixes for virtually every problem, from resizing shoes and belts to rebuilding heels and repairing worn dance shoes.
Russo’s Shoe Repair
1005 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
High-heeled shoes in particular are prone to problems and the higher or thinner the heel, the more likely they will break or fray. Russo’s offers cost-effective solutions and cleaning for shoes and boots of every type, and for things like baseball gloves that have ripped stitching or other tears. Lifetime warranties are offered for many repairs, even for work that costs under $10.
Craftsman Shoe Repair
5809 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95824
Items like luggage, portfolios and briefcases are expensive and are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. There is no reason to buy new ones when Craftsman can get them looking sharp and professional for very little cost. The owner is known to be very honest about whether a repair is worth doing, and in some cases will recommend replacing the shoe instead, even though he will make no money.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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