We all want something we’ve bought to last as long as possible, right? It’s certainly true when it comes to footwear as it can be incredibly easy and, to be honest, recommended, that you spend as much as your budget allows on a decent pair of dress shoes or boots. But with daily wear, naturally, comes a greater risk of the soles wearing down or the leather becoming tired and too slack. We imagine your initial thought is simply to throw them out or donate them to an op-shop, and simply buy something new.
However, with so many shoe repair shops and cobblers in Sydney, rejuvenating your tired footwear can be a much better option. Not only do you get to keep your prized shoes or boots (they may have sentimental value, after all) but repairing them will be a lot more affordable than heading out and buying a new pair.
And, you may think that shoe repair shops are simply for leather and suede dress shoes and boots, but on the contrary, if you have a pair of sneakers that you’re particularly fond of, but they too take a beating and are holding on by their last thread, a good shoe repair store can bring them back to life too.
We’ve rounded up the very best shoe repair stores and cobblers in Sydney for you to add to your umbrella list of best repair stores in the city.
Roger Shoe Repairs
88 Redfern Street, Redfern, 2016
02 9319 5420
Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 2pm
As Roger says in his store, “if the shoe fits, repair it”. Never a truer word spoken. If your favourite pair of shoes are on their death bed, Roger will give them a new lease on life. No repair is too big or small for Roger, and he strives to repair them while you wait. If the repair requires a bit more work, then he’ll still aim to have them fixed as soon as humanly possible. He’s quite possibly the very best shoe repairer in all of Sydney.
Michael’s Shoe Repair
Shop 7, 55-73 Oxford Street, Oxford Village, Surry Hills, 2010
02 8958 7971
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm
Have a pair of RM Williams Chelsea boots that need a little TLC? Michael’s is the place to go. The store has been specialising in repairing the iconic Australian footwear for nearly 40 years, so certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to giving them a thorough service to ensure they last a lifetime. Michael’s is also the place to go to for sneaker restorations, including changing the colour of the sole.
Shop 8, 25 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, 2011
0403 282 990
Monday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Cobbler Caballero is run by enthusiast Chilean Andres Miranda. A “cobbler for as long as he can remember”, Andres has the skills and expertise to repair any pair of shoes you bring him. That includes your other half’s high heels too, as he’s a certified “stiletto specialist”. While you’re there, you can have your watch pressured tested, your keys cut, knives sharpened and jewellery and ID tags engraved. Cobbler Caballero is your one-stop cobbler in Sydney.
Shop 1A, Martin Place Railway Station, 3 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000
0404 800 111
Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
City workers rejoice, SoleHeeled is well-positioned in Martin Place station to take care of all your shoe repair needs. No matter which part of your shoe needs repairing, whether it be the heel, the inner lining, insoles or elastic, to name a few, SoleHeeled is more than capable of fixing it. However, despite the central location, SoleHeeled can easily repair the shoes of anyone in Australia, no matter how rural, by way of a free shipping program. You can place an order for a repair via the website, send them off and then receive them back at home or work via post. Shoe repairs just got updated for the 21st century.
Mister Minit QVB
Shop 15B QVB, 455 George Street, Sydney, 2000
02 9261 1899
Monday – Wednesday: 8am – 6pm
Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
So Mister Minit might not have the timely heritage and oldy worldy feels of an independent shoe repairer, but you shouldn’t let that put you off paying them a visit. The majority of shoe repairs can be carried out while you wait, although, being in a prime shopping location, you may as well go find yourself a new pair of white sneakers or perhaps a suit while you’re there. Mister Minit also offers an overnight scratch and polish repair service that is essentially the shoe version of a deluxe spa treatment.
Mario’s Shoe Service
109 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000
0409 652 535
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
If local and independent is for you, however – you can certainly build up a rapport with the owner – then check out Mario’s Shoe Service. A man who loves to keep shoes looking their absolute best, Mario knows all the tricks of the trade to bring your tired old boots back to life. If your dress shoes or boots have a Goodyear welt on them, he’s more than capable of repairing these too and will replace them with official Goodyear rubber. Perfectly located in the centre of town, Mario is the man to know.
Baxter & Black
20 Enmore Road, Newtown, 2042
02 9519 0316
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
We could just let the reviews of Baxter & Black speak for themselves, such is their positivity. Run by Nathan Baxter, an Artisan Cobbler, Baxter & Black is one of the finest shoe repair stores in Sydney. Positioned outside of the CBD, but worth the trip, the store can repair any type of sole, elastic gusset and lace hooks, to name a few of the services. Baxter & Black specialises in RM Williams and Christian Louboutin, but ultimately, any luxury pair of shoes or boots will be seen with expert care and attention.
Shop 9, 22 Central Avenue, Manly, 2095
02 9977 2997
Monday: 8am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
If you live over the bridge then no need to make a journey into the CBD for your shoe repair needs, simply head to Manly Cobblers in, you guessed it, Manly. Manly Cobblers has been repairing the soles of Northern Beach shoes for eight years, and has been under the ownership of Nick Pascuzzo for the duration. He himself has been repairing shoes since the tender age of 14 and was trained in Italy for 20 years. He’s a man you can trust with your most loved shoes, then. He uses high-quality materials for all repairs, including Italian leather and Spanish rubber.
Save My Sole Shoe Repairs
1A George Street, Mortdale, 2223
0402 689 668
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Southern Sydney is also home to its fair share of shoe repair shops, but Save My Sole stands out from the crowd for its quality customer service and fair pricing. The shop is run by master repairman Dennis, who lets you know you exactly what needs to be done to your shoes and how he intends to fix them, which includes being able to repair shoe brands including Loake and Windsor.
Sydney Shoe Repair Shops FAQ
How much does it cost to repair shoes?
The cost of your shoe repair will depend on the work required and the shop you take your shoes to. For shine and polish, you can expect to pay around $40 but for a full sole replacement, you'll need to spend around $400.
Should I get my shoes repaired?
If you love your shoes but they become really damaged, then yes, you'll want to get your shoes repaired. Repairing your shoes will cost less than buying a brand new pair and you can hold on to the sentimental value.
What services can a shoe repair shop perform?
Other than carrying out services such as replacing the soles or heels of your shoes, shoe repair shops can also replace lace hooks on boots and even make them waterproof. Other services include stretching to make them fit better and re-securing the upper portion to the sole.