If you're a true connoisseur of shoes you know the necessity of needing an accomplished cobbler. After all, if you're spending copious amounts of money on your shoes, you want to ensure the person you're entrusting them to is qualified to look after them. If you're in the unfortunate predicament to not have a cobbler that you can entrust your shoes to, then here are a few things you should look out for while on your search.
The rise of the internet has given everybody a voice. Unfortunately however we generally only hear the worst so, rather than turning to google for reviews ask your trusted shoe loving friends for their local recommendations. Find out who they have used in the past. Were they happy? How complex was the work undertaken? Would they use them again? How much did it cost and how long did it take?
View Their Work
Ask you friends to see the workmanship of the shoes they have had repaired. If you're still not convinced asked the cobbler to provide you with examples of their work. If they don't have any in store at the time, it should be possible to provide you with images of similar work they have done in the past. You may also want to ask for testimonials at this time.
How Are Your Shoes Treated & Stored
Open your eyes to how the store is presented. Is it clean, neat and tidy or is it a mess. This can be a leading indicator to their workmanship. Also, how are your shoes treated and stored? Are they crammed into a cupboard with all other shoes or are they neatly and respectfully stored to ensure damaged is not incurred while in their care.
Limit of Liability
This leads to the hard hitting questions. You've spent a bomb on your shoes so what happens if the workmanship is subpar? Is the cobbler liable if your shoes are returned in a worse condition to how they were handed over?
Nothing can beat a good old chat about their work. Do they regularly deal with high end shoes? Have they repaired shoes similar to the damage you are describing? How long have they been at their craft? What's the best result you can hope for based on the damage you're describing?
At the end of the day it's important you go in with your eyes wide open. If you're a true shoe lover it is vital you find an accomplished cobbler that you can rely on and trust.
All the best with finding your ideal cobbler and when you do, don't keep it a secret...share it with your shoe loving friends.
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