How to become a Shoe Repairer

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
  • safety-conscious
  • able to work quickly and accurately
  • free from allergies to glue and polish.
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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.
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