Shoe Dyer

Dye or tint shoes for customers of shoe repair or shoe shining shops.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shoe Dyers do?

Dyes or tints shoes for customers of shoe repair or shoe shining shops: Inserts shoetree or stuffs paper into shoe to stiffen shoe upper, forming smooth working surface on shoe. Cleans shoes with acetone, alcohol, water, or other solutions to remove dirt, dye, and grease, using brushes, cloths, and sponges. Selects prepared dye or mixes dyes to match shade specified by instructions or color chart. Applies coat of dye or tint onto shoe upper, using spray gun or swab. Ignites dye on shoe to drive dye into leather.


Should I be a Shoe Dyer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Shoe Singer, Shoe Tinter, Shover, Sole Dyer, Spray Dyer

    How to become a Shoe Dyer

    Shoe Dyers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Shoe Dyer-related education!
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