Shoe repairs more popular in poor economy

By: Katie Beasley Email
By: Katie Beasley Email

News 12 at 11 O'clock, December 30, 2008

MARTINEZ, Ga.--Shoe repairs are up. Big time. Every repair shop News 12 talked to said they've been flooded with customers all trying to stretch their shoes, and their dollars, a little farther.

This is how David Capps bangs out a living. He runs Capps Shoe Service -- a trade that's been in his family since 1928. "I'm a third generation shoe cobbler," says David.

But lately, the trade's been keeping David on his toes. "I've seen more shoes come in because of the economy. My customers are saying they're wanting to repair the shoes other than buying shoes," says David.

David says he's gotten a lot of people coming in asking the same question. Instead of a broken record, it's been more like a lot of broken heels. "Then they'll ask me, can these be repaired? And I say yes." Explains David.

David's noticed not only more customers, but those customers also coming in with arms full of shoes. "They'll come in at times and bring a bag of them and some eight pair," says David.

But despite the growing demand for shoe repair shops, David says it's a dying trade.

"It takes a long time to learn the craft and everything and there's not very many young people going into the business and they'd rather go into doing something else," says David.

But David can't imagine putting the finishing touches on anything else. Even if it means being on his feet all day. "I enjoy it. Every bit of it. I sure do," says David. And something tells me he means it.

So how much can you save? Well to get a pair of heels repaired, ladies its $8.00. For guys -- it's a little more expensive to get a half sole replaced at $24.00. But, either way it's much cheaper than a new pair of shoes.


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