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I'm looking for a really good place to take my beloved shoes
for repair. I would prefer the East Bay, but will happily
trek to San Francisco (or beyond) if necessary. I used to
take my shoes to this Russian couple on 2nd Street in SF and
was always more than happy with them, but they closed their
shop. I've tried Anthony's in SF but was not happy with both
their quality or manners. Any recommendations will be highly
appreciated! THANKS BPN!
I started taking my shoes to Peter at Model Shoe Renew on
Shattuck between Hearst and University (West side of the
street) in Berkeley when I first moved to the Bay Area. His
work is fantastic, and now my parents bring their shoes (and
even a coat that needed some leather repair) to take to him
when they are visiting. I've had shoes stretched, died,
re-heeled, re-soled, and protective soles put over leather
ones and everything he's done has been great. Hope that
helps! Carmen L.
There's a place on Lakeshore, near the natural foods
store... I think it's called Ike's. We take our shoes there
and have been happy with their work. M
I don't know of a good place, but I know of a really bad
place for you to avoid. The Shoe Stop in Newpark Mall ruined
a pair of Camper boots of mine and the owner Nick was
extremely rude (yelling when I expressed my disappointment
in the job). The Shoe stop has a few shops in the bay area,
but I would steer clear of after my experience with Nick.
There are several bad reviews on Yelp for him, which I wish
I had read before taking my boots there. Good luck! Sylvie
Try Model Shoe Renew in Berkeley (Shattuck just north of
University). They are awesome at revitalizing shoes you have
worn into the ground! A fan
Does anyone have a recommendation on where I can take a pair of
leather boots to be cleaned? I wore a pair to Pt. Isabel a
couple weeks ago and somehow they got mud all over them that I
Shoe Cobbler on Piedmont Avenue, near Linda Avenue. They are
excellent, a bit pricey, but worth it. I had leather
sandals--expensive ones that were totally in need of cleaning and they
actually were able to take my sandals apart and put these back
together--and no smell afterwards! I have taken everything from my tap
shoes to my daughter's UGGS there. They did an outstanding job of
waterproofing my daughter's UGGS--the water just rolls of the UGGS!
THEY ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!
Shoe Cobbler Fan
I am looking for a shoe repair service to repair both my
husband's and my shoes. The shoes we want to repair are both on
the expensive side. We would prefer a shop that can make the
shoes look just as they were when we purchased them, as opposed
Ike's Shoe Repair on Lakeshore
I used a shoe repair shop in Berkeley (sorry, don't remember the
name), located on Shattuck between University and Hearst on the
west side of street. I got very good results on an expensive pair
of boots. The sole was very worn and I had damaged the heel of
one boot, but the uppers were in good condition. They came out
looking like new. They also did a minor repair to a pair of
sandals where the velcro for the closure had torn away from the
I won't get into all the details of my shoe repairs and need for
a certain pair of Pliner sandals to be completely washed and
redone from the bottom up and have several pairs of shoes
repaired over the years. I always use the Piedmont Cobbler on
Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Their phone #510-654-1471. I have
been delighted with their work.
I'm looking for a great shoe repair person who can mend the
leather ankle straps ona pair of 1940s shoes.
Ike's shoe repair at 3311 Lakeshore Ave in Oakland. I've only had
them do new (well, non-vintage) shoes, but they always do an
AMAZING job and are extremely reasonably priced. Everything from
re-soling to cleaning to repairing a seam rip on leather shoes.
Really really fantastic work.
Ditto the recommendation for Ike's Shoe repair on Lakeshore in
Oakland. I've been going there for years. I call them ''shoe
magicians'' because they really are. You'll never throw away a
pair of shoes again! I make the trek from Berkeley b/c it's
I need a pair of leather sandals repaired, and the only shoe
repair shop I knew of doesn't seem to be there anymore. (There
are only a handful of notes about shoe repair on the website,
and they date back to 2002)
In the El Cerrito/Albany/North Berkeley area, do you know of any
shoe repair shops?
Try Jay's Shoe Repair, near the Oaks Theater at the top of
Solano Ave. in North Berkeley. I've gone there for years and
have been very happy with their work.
Jay's Shoe Repair at the top of Solano Avenue in Berkeley
just did a great job on my husband's work boots. He did the
job as it needed to be done, instead of just doing what I
asked him to do.... (and he charged me a couple of dollars
extra, which was very fair). Instead of the 6 days he said it
would take, he had them done the same afternoon (slow
day in the shop). He also does zipper repairs and other
I'd encourage you to patronize him, as his is one of the last
''real'' businesses in that part of the street... wedged in
between restaurants and wine shoppes. We're hoping he'll
stay put awhile.
Can anyone recommend a good shoe repair shop in Berkeley? Other than the
one near the top of Solano. I've looked at previous
recommendations on the site but they're few and old, and there's only one in
Berkeley. A shop on or south of Market St. (or not too far north) between
Embarcadero and 5th St. in San Francisco would work for me too.
Model Shoe Renew on Shattuck (half block north of Berkeley Way)
is great. The staff is a tad chatty, but they do great work, and
it's quick and reasonable.
I've always been happy with the little hole in the wall shop
next to the movie theater on upper Solano. Jay's, I think it
is. He's resoled any number of shoes for me. They look nice
and hold up well.
There's also a little shop next to (in the same building as?)
the parking garage at 1st and Mission in SF -- right across from
Golden Gate University. Haven't used him for shoes, but he did
a very nice job replacing the zipper in a leather rucksack.
I just got some shoes fixed at the shoe repair store on Shattuck
between Kittredge and Bancroft (near the music store & the small
Thai restaurant). I am not even sure the store has a name. It's
not the most tidy place in the world, but they did a great job
on my shoes, and it is very convenient. There were also lots of
other people in there getting shoes fixed, so they must be doing
There's a shoe repair place near the corner of Shattuck and
Ashby (on Shattuck) that I have used--efficient, good work.
I highly recommend the Kensington Shoe
Repair place across the street from the Kensington Circus Pub.
This guy came highly recommended to me by neighbors in Berkeley
as well as from Rabat, the fancy shoe store on 4th Street.
Stand warned: the man is the Shoe Nazi. He has been unpleasant
to me on 2 different occasions. Why do I go back? Because he
is the best shoe repair guy I have ever experienced - and I am
very into maintaining my shoes. So, I put up with him. Good
I've taken several dog-chewed sandals and shoes to the repair
shop on Shattuck/Ashby... I think it's called sundance's? He's
a very nice man as well as doing good quality work and
relatively inexpensive. I highly recommend him.
The recommended Berkeley shoe repair place ''on Shattuck between
Kittredge and Bancroft'' actually does have a name: Paul's Shoe
Repair. I've been going there for almost 20 years, because their
service is skilled, cheerful, and courteous. (I don't know how
they compare on price, since I don't take my shoes anywhere
Can anyone recommend a shoe repair shop in Alameda? Much thanks.
There is a good shoe repair place on Park Street - its on the
left side if you are going towards Oakland - I think between
Central & Santa Clara. Its a very small shop but he has worked
on my shoes and I have been pleased with the result.
I use the shoe repair shop on Webster street, between Taylor and Santa Clara. I have had soles replaced at a reasonable price ($20) and fairly good job. Cash only.
Response to recommendation for shoe repair in Alameda: I went
to the shoe repair on Webster in Alameda which was recommended i
n the March 31 posting, however no business name was given. He
did a great job, so I'm forwarding the store name etc:
Pat's Shoe Repair shop
I was hoping someone could recommend a reasonably priced
shoe repair shop in Berkeley or the North Oakland area.
Thanks in advance,
Try Ike's Shoe Repair on Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland.
They are shoe magicians. I've been using them for over
10 years, and I have shoes just as old, that look
nearly new, thanks to them. They are the best. I've
taken shoes elsewhere only once and been very
disappointed. I make the drive from Berkeley these days,
and it's well worth the trouble.
I don't have a specific recommendation, but I would stay
away from the shoe repair on College Ave in Rockridge,
near Taft Ave. It used to be terrific, but now has new
owners who do very sloppy work that doesn't last, and
they are not very pleasant. I took some things there
that were reparied badly and broke again in less than 2
I haven't used them in a few years, but I've had several
good experiences with the kind men at Paul's Shoe Repair
on Shattuck in Berkeley.
I would NOT go to the shoe repair store on College at
Taft Avenue in Rockridge. I brought in several pairs
of shoes one day. A woman behind the counter quoted me
$7.50 a pair, a man then came up and said it'd be $7.50
per shoe and thus doubled the price. I pointed out the
woman's original quote and was told that she was new
-- which was untrue because I'd had the same shoes
repaired at $6.50 a pair 6 months earlier and she took
care of my order. I think the ''old'' owner of the
I then took my shoes to Tony's on Geary at Kearny in
downtown SF and they did a good job. They charged me
$10.50 a pair to replace the worn-out ''lips'' (on the
heels) after I asked specific questions about their
quotes, which were $8.50, $10.50 and $12.50. While I
was there, a woman brought in her shoes, which looked a
lot like mine, for the same repair job. She didn't ask
any questions and was told directly that it'd be $12.50.
I think the bottom line is that it's always a good idea
to first discribe what you want done and ask how much
it'd be for the job.
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