Nanny Beach Posts: 8,446
edited October 2021 in The potting shed
Does anyone do their own? Is it successfull. Hubby has just put a tack in the heel of my "best"boots. I Don't actually know anyone who even bothers to have them repaired. I had a pair of leather biker style for 15 years,rigger soles/heels totally water proof and you could walk on icey ground. I don't wear them dog walking,have proper boots,but they need repairing annually costs about £30 and timpsons and the like don't do a good job. My boots are compfy, good condition about 5 years old,riding style
When we lived in Todmorden (west Yorks) in the late 1970s, there was a clog maker in the town, making & repairing wooden clogs, as well as a proper cobbler. When we returned to live there again in 2006, the clog maker had gone, but the cobbler was still there. He reckoned that a lot of the modern footwear either wasn't worth repairing, being very poorly made, or was made of materials which were very difficult to repair.
If a pair of 'hard' boots or shoes are comfy I need to keep them going as long as possible so I often have boots and shoes reheeled, resoled, new zips etc etc. We have a local cobbler who does a decent job. Somebody with their own business (not a chain) and an interest in doing a good job to get repeat custom. He's tucked away in a residential street and only found him by accident.
We also use him for replacing zips in bags and other leather repairs. He shortened OH's motorbike leathers (complete with ankle zips and poppers) the other year - no way I could have done that. He does all sorts of stuff like cutting keys, engraving trophies etc etc and he's one of the few places I can buy different colours of shoe polish.
You don’t get many of those little shops around now @Topbird
I just take my shoes to the cobbler in town. He’s a steady chap and knows his stuff.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
Do folk remember street signs that said ‘Quiet Please: Hospital’. As kids we respected that and dropped our voices never once stopping to question how talking rather than shouting would have any impact at all on the nearest ward which was 100 yards and a building away.
@steveTu, my cat has been reading that book. When he deems it to be breakfast time and wants me to get out of bed, the pressure being exerted through his tiny paws as he stands on me is very, very noticeable.
Much the same with haberdashers - there were usually several on every high street. I cherish the two small ones we still have in our market town but we had five until about four or five years ago. Transactions are usually less than a tenner (thread, needles and zips are still relatively cheap) which won't go far towards paying the business rates😢