Do you have a favorite pair of shoes that you have worn to “death”? Instead of searching the world trying to find a pair to replace them, you can get them repaired. A cobbler can do wonders for a pair of shoes by fixing holes, worn-out soles and broken heels. Your favorite shoes can have a second life for less money than replacing them. So don’t be afraid to splurge on an expensive pair. If you use a good cobbler, they can last for many, many years. Here are some great shoe repair shops to try in Pittsburgh.
Ullrich Shoe Repair
545 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located downtown near the Strip District, Ullrich Shoe repair has been providing repair services to the people of Pittsburgh since the 1960s. Ullrich specializes in shoe and purse zipper repair, but it also offers a full menu of services. Ullrich offers sole and heel replacement as well as cleaning and waterproofing. If that pair of heels is just too high, the heels can be shortened. Ullrich also has a five-chair shoe shine stand so you can look polished and perfect before that big event or meeting.
Northway Shoes and Repair
1124 Shoppes at Northway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Located in the North Hills, Northway Shoes and Repair has been providing quality shoes and repair since the 1980s. Northway Shoes sells a variety of quality work shoes and boots from brands such as Carhartt, Red Wing and Carolina. Owner and master cobbler Tony Demarco offers sole and heel replacement services as well as leather repair. So whether you wore your shoes out dancing or working in the field, Northway can help give them a new life.
Best Made Shoes
5143 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Located downtown, Best Made Shoes has been a favorite Pittsburgh shoe repair shop since the 1970s. Best Made Shoes is an authorized Birkenstock dealer and repair center, but it repairs other shoes as well. The shop offers a full range of shoe repair services including sole and heel replacement and, of course, repair of straps chewed by hungry puppies. If you have an odd size or can never seem to find a pair of shoes that is comfortable, Best Made can make you a custom pair to perfectly fit your feet and comfort needs.
1730 Park Manor Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Frank’s Shoes has been serving Pittsburgh for 45 years and has convenient locations in Robinson and the South Hills. Frank’s sells quality work boots and shoes as well as clothing. It carries rugged brands such as Carhartt, Red Wing, Muck Boots and Timberland. Frank’s offers full shoe repair services on men’s and women’s dress shoes and boots. If you have a pair that is pinching here or there, it offers stretching services for just a few dollars that can do wonders.
Squirrel Hill Shoe Repair
2205 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Located in Squirrel Hill, Squirrel Hill Shoe Repair is one of the great small shoe repair shops left in Pittsburgh. Squirrel Hill Shoe Repair offers friendly and expert service on shoe repairs such as heels, soles, leather conditioning and strap repair. You can also find a variety of shoe care items such as polishes, laces and sealants. Squirrel Hill Shoe Repair can also help you to find the perfect shoe insert to add the optimum comfort to your favorite pair of shoes.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.