Shoe repairers repair shoes and leather goods according to customer requirements.
Personal requirements for 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.