From boots to stilettos, Houstonians know how important shoes are for their wardrobes, but even the best shoes can be damaged from wear. If you have a pricy, favored pair of shoes that you would hate to throw out because of a hole in the sole or a damaged heel, cobblers around town can repair your shoes. Prices vary at cobblers, but because this is such a specialized service, you will likely pay a little more for quality work. But if your shoes are special enough to be sent to a cobbler for repairs, you owe yourself a visit to one of the better shoe repair services around town.
Houston Quality Shoe Repair
3421 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
The glowing reviews for Houston Quality Shoe Repair is only one reason to bring your shoes to this cobbler. The work is usually done within a week and to the highest possible standards. The owner has nearly a quarter of a century of experience with fixing shoes. If you have luggage or purses that also need repair, the cobblers at Houston Quality Shoe Repair can also fix those. Complimentary coffee and water as well as a TV in the waiting room make this shoe repair place more comfortable whether you are waiting to pick up your shoes or just dropping them off. Coupons are often uploaded to this business’s website, so check before you go to save money on your shoe repairs.
Richmond Shoe Service
1417 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
Sometimes the best cobblers are found in small, out-of-the-way businesses that pay more attention to their shoe repairs than their social media presence. Richmond Shoe Service is one of these cobblers. You won’t find a flashy Facebook page or a wonderful website, but you will get stellar service and reasonable prices. This is a cash-only business, which helps to further reduce the business’s costs, but the service you get more than makes up for the slight inconvenience of not being able to use your credit card. Drop off your shoes between Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Village Shoe Shop
2507 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
The Village Shoe Shop is known for its custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes, but you can also bring in any pair of shoes you have for repairs. The most common repairs done at The Village Shoe Shop are resoling and replacing heels, but you can also get your shoes dyed, boots stretched, straps or elastics replaced, boots tapered, heels reset or waterproofing done. You can bring in your shoes anytime from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
2438 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Shoe Savers is a shoe store that caters exclusively to high-end, luxury shoes and nothing else, but these are the types of shoes that you are more likely to make the investment of shoe repair for instead of replacement. Barry Croft, the owner of Shoe Savers, has won an unprecedented two International Grand Silver Cups from the Shoe Service Institute of America’s annual contests. This award is only given to those who display outstanding work in the field of shoe repair. If you want to get award-winning service for your luxury shoes, Shoe Savers is your store. You can visit the store Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maida’s Shoe & Boot Repair
2703 Bammel Lane
Houston, TX 77098
One of the oldest family names in shoe repair in Houston is Maida. This family has been fixing shoes since 1902, and you can still get the same quality of shoe care when you take your shoes and boots to Maida’s Shoe & Boot Repair near River Oaks in the Upper Kirby District. Boots, shoes, bags, purses, belts and other small leather goods can be brought into this store to get fixed. The hours for this store are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.