- Thursday, 21 June 2012
In Praise of the Cobbler
I feel lucky to have a fantastic local cobbler. He's a 'proper' cobbler, by which I mean that all he does is fixing shoes and leather items - no key cutting or engraving name plates for a high street chain. He has a small workshop, which looks filthy and is a complete tip, but he never fails to do a fantastic job re-heeling my shoes or sewing the strap of a sandal to make it wearable again.
Last week I asked him to fix a bag for me. It is a cheapie faux Cath Kidston Bag, and though I normally prefer leather bags, I loved the colour, size and style (and price!) of it. Of course, the faux leather parts which attach the strap to the side of the bag soon started to tear. I took the bag to my cobbler and asked him to replace those parts with leather. Done! And for only £5, "because it's you". This was about half of the bag's original cost, but well worth it so I can keep using it. Returning it to the shop for a replacement would have only seen exactly the same fault occur.
It definitely pays to use your local services. The traditional cobbler is a great example of someone who can give new life to your beloved shoes and bags. And in our era of throwaway fashion, isn't that fantastic?
- Labels: General Craftiness