Carman’s Shoe Repair is Saving Soles in Chestnut Hill 

Shoe repair is alive and well in the Philadelphia area.  Though many believe the old-fashioned cobbler has gone by the wayside, that is not the case.  Carman’s Shoe Repair in Chestnut Hill has been saving soles since 1937 and we are spreading the word for National Shoe Repair Awareness Week, October 8-12 2018.

We are using this week to encourage shoe lovers everywhere to learn more about how Carman’s Shoe Repair can save your shoes, spare you some discomfort and save you money.  So what does a cobbler do?  How can a shoe repair shop be helpful?

A shoe repair shop can extend the life of your shoes

Did you know that if you take good care of your shoes, they can last for decades?  As the soles and heels wear out, they can be replaced and the shoe’s upper can be reconditioned.  That means your shoes can look like new again and still retain that comfortable broken-in feel. Typically, a pair of quality men’s shoes can resoled 7 to 10 times, and quality women’s shoes can be resoled 3 to 5 times.

A shoe repair shop can keep heels and soles in good shape

Below, a pair of leather sandals are given new life by replacing the worn/missing heel tips and replacing the sole with a skip resistant one.

A shoe repair shop can repair damage 

If you have a broken strap on a sandal, or a broken eyelet on a lace up shoe, it’s not the end of the line. A shoe repair shop can skillfully replace broken hardware and make repairs even on leather and suede goods.  Even stubborn stains can be removed.  But it’s important to leave stain removal to the professionals, especially on leather and suede.  For difficult stains, leather and suede can be recolored using custom mixed dyes.

  • Broken strap or eyelet
  • Replace heel tips of all sizes
  • Repair gouged leather on heels
  • Restore red soles on designer shoes
  • Replace cork soles on Birkenstock sandals
  • Remove scuffs and stains
  • Recondition vintage shoes


A shoe repair shop can adjust the fit of your shoes

If your shoes don’t fit quite right, they could lead to a variety of physical discomforts.  Besides the obvious aching feet, an improper fit can cause calluses, corns or bunions.  When you don’t walk properly due to ill-fitting shoes – or because you’re uncomfortable in your shoes – you can experience pain in your ankles, knees and even your hips.  Did you know a shoe repair shop can make other fit adjustments to make you much more comfortable?

  • Stretch shoes to make them wider
  • Stretch shoes to make more room for toes or a high instep
  • Stretch boots for wider calves
  • Heel grips, tongue and insole pads for shoes that are too loose
  • Custom adaptions for unique feet

How much does shoe repair cost?

Well, it really depends on what you need done and what condition your shoe are in.  However, repairing and maintain your shoes costs only a fraction of having to buy a new pair.  Here are some general guidelines of our pricing at Carman’s Shoe and Leather Repair Shop in Chestnut Hill:

Our Reconditioning Packages start at $49

Our Salt Stain removal starts at $24

Our Red Sole Renewal starts at $25

You don’t have to live in Philadelphia to work with us.  Ship us your shoes, drop them off at one of our participating locations or request our door-to-door service.   

Parts of this article were excerpted from for National Shoe Repair Awareness Week

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