We often hear from customers when they visit Shane Barr Shoe Repairs, “I remember sitting there watching my grandfather hammer away on our shoes.”
Back in the day, it was all about saving money. Everyone got their shoes repaired as that was all they could afford.
The father or grandfather had a heavy metal shoe last, some stinky glue, and gorgeous smelling leather soles. He would skillfully, or so you’d hope, mend the family’s shoes. Polishing was usually left to the children, and they’d be good to go for another season.
While saving time and money is still a big part of why people choose to repair, there are two new reasons now. With fast fashion everywhere, it is often hard to get that same pair again. It makes sense to rejuvenate the ones you know and love.
Not wanting to toss them into the landfill is also a growing concern. All this is understandable, as a new pair of leather shoes apparently uses up to 4000 L of water to make, and a pair of shoes takes 30 or more years to break down.
Whatever your reason and whatever the season, if you have shoes, boots or bags that need a makeover, bring them into Shane Barr shoe repairs in the Piccadilly Arcade for free advice and a competitive quote.