Shoe repairers repair shoes and leather goods according to customer requirements.
Personal requirements of a Shoe Repairer
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- good hand-eye coordination
- good interpersonal and communication skills
- money handling skills
- able to work quickly and accurately
- free from allergies to glue and polish.
Duties & Tasks of a Shoe Repairer
Shoe repairers may perform the following tasks:
- choose ready-made new soles or cut them from pieces of leather, rubber or nylon, and then cement them to the shoe
- use a power-operated sole stitcher, a manually operated sewing machine or a glue solution to attach soles to shoes
- replace heels by cutting replacement heels into shape and cementing or nailing them into place by machine or by hand
- stain and polish repaired shoes to match the original colour
- replace insoles and toecaps, re-stitch loose seams, replace bows, buckles, zippers and ribbons, patch uppers and re-colour and polish shoes
- carry out repairs such as replacing zips on handbags and luggage
- cut keys, change watch batteries and do engraving
- interact with and respond to customers
- handle money and process sales
- manage other staff and accounts
- if highly skilled, make surgical adjustments such as building up soles and heels or adapting footwear according to doctors' prescriptions.