Shoe Repairer

Repair shoes to their original condition.

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Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shoe Repairers do?

The right pair of shoes can make a short woman seem taller. Proper boots can help a hiker stay upright, even on rocky terrain. And custom shoes can help people with foot pain walk with ease.

When a person finds the perfect pair of shoes, they may wear those shoes until they fall apart beneath them. And when that happens, a Shoe Repairer steps in to make the needed repairs.

Most of the shoes a Shoe Repairer repairs are expensive, since cheap shoes are easier to replace than repair. Because you’re working with high-end clients, if you’re a Shoe Repairer you strive hard to seem friendly and knowledgeable. After all, they trust you with their expensive shoes. Before you begin work, you provide an estimate for the repair and present it to the client for approval.

Most shoes wear out on the bottom, where the shoe hits the ground. To repair a worn sole, you carefully remove the old sole and rough up the bottom of the shoe so a new sole will stick. Then, you glue on the new sole, and attach it to the edges of the shoe with more glue or with a special sewing machine. When the sole is firmly in place, you clean the top of the shoe.

If a heel breaks off a woman’s shoe, the pair may be hazardous for the owner to wear. When the owner brings the broken heel to you, along with the base of the shoe, you use nails and glue to reattach the heel. The top of the shoe may also need a bit of glue and dye, especially if the owner wore the shoe without the heel to walk to your shop.


Should I be a Shoe Repairer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Backshoe Person, Shoe Reconditioner, Shoe Repairer Apprentice, Shoe Repairman, Shoe Stainer, Shoe Stitcher See More

    How to become a Shoe Repairer

    Most Shoe Repairers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sbaab&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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