Comfortable shoes are a necessity. There’s nothing worse than walking in an uncomfortable pair of shoes that may leave you with blisters and Band-Aids. If your shoes are so comfortable that they become worn out, repair is often needed to prevent future damage. This is where talented cobblers come into play and avert a shoe crisis. Not only can they repair your heels and soles, they can also tweak any shoe to fit like a glove. Also, preventative care, like treating suede or red soles, is a luxury made possible by these shoe experts. Don’t give up on your shoes just yet.
Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair
3508 12th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
Cobbler’s Bench Shoe repair is a full-service shop. “We can perform simple repair such as stitching an elastic strap back onto a strap all the way up to whole shoe reconstruction. We also work on handbags, luggage and almost any leather good,” said Joe Stern of Cobbler’s Bench. Average turnaround time is 24 hours, or same day if the repairs are minor. Pricing varies based on the job. A women’s heel repair, one of the most common performed, starts at $15, while a men’s heel and sole starts at $75. The cost increases depending on the shoe condition. Different cobblers specialize in certain areas of repair and customer satisfaction is guaranteed.
7835 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Fortuna’s not only repairs and restores shoes, but also performs extra maintenance including shining, cleaning, protecting and much more. You name it, and Fortuna’s can fix it. Protective services are much admired by clients as they try to preserve their high-priced kicks. Stretch services are also offered – for tall boots or the toe area. “While you wait” service is almost always available, unless requests are particularly extensive, otherwise same-day service is common. The Fortuna’s team takes pride in its work and can solve any shoe problem. Pricing is very affordable. Fortuna’s is an authorized Birkenstock Repair Center.
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Hakky’s Instant Shoe Repair
4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1182
Arlington, VA 22203
Located in Ballston Common Mall, just off the Ballston Metro station on the orange line, Hakky’s is a reliable shoe shop. It is fast and efficient, with superior customer service. Hakky’s owner strives to fix or clean any shoe problem that arises.
M&M Cobblers Bench
1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
M&M Cobblers Bench specializes in leather – particularly shoes. The wait time has to do with the project – it can be minutes to days depending on the complexity of the work. An average women’s heel is reasonable to fix, at $12.50 per pair. “I do a lot of the high-end repairs that others do not wish to work on because they’re so expensive. I run this place with the highest quality material and don’t carry anything that I don’t think is good enough,” said Rudi Shafakian, the owner of M&M. Shafakian says that if a repair doesn’t last as long as it should, he redoes the work.
Shoe Repair Resole Center
1502 21st St. N.W.
Washington DC 20036
Shoe Repair Resole Center opened in 1954. The full-service shoe repair is a family-run business. The typical repair takes one week, but accommodations can be made. There is always an orthopedic specialist on site for those in need. Resoles and heel repairs are guaranteed 90 days of wear. The company also has an online service, which has proved successful.
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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.