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Ten best shoe repair shops in NYC

This winter did a number on your kicks, but we have a sole-saving solution wherever you are in the city

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

A great look starts with your shoes. So what do you do when your favorite dress shoes or spring shoes are looking a bit scuffed and tattered? Whether they're suffering from weather damage or you're taking care of your investment and want to see them go the distance, knowing good shoe stores for a tune-up is key. See our list of the ten best spots for a shoe shine or shoe repair in New York by neighborhood.

Shoe repair shops by neighborhood

Brooklyn Heights

Roma Shoe Repair & Shine

Trust the 52 five-star Yelp reviews: This 27-year-old institution is beloved by New Yorkers for its consistent craftsmanship and friendly staff. All services, including sole and heel repairs ($45–$95), zipper replacements ($25–$35) and recoloring ($20–$65) come with a gratis shoe shine (normally $3–$10), and are generally completed within three days. First-time customers can mention TONY for 15 percent off all services costing $50 or more through June 30. 16 Court St between Montague and Remsen Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-509-5410). Mon–Fri 8am–6:30pm.

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The Leather Spa

Those seeking care for high-end heels should head to this boutique specializing in the repair of luxury kicks (Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik send customers here). Owned by French brothers Carlos and David Mesquita, the shop tends to pretty much all shoe-maintenance needs, including heel repair ($14–$40), sole replacement ($45–$120) and leather restoration ($45–$65). Handbag repairs—including hardware replacements ($24), zipper repair ($48) and relining ($180)—are also available. 55 W 55th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-262-4823, leatherspa.com). Mon–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 10am–6pm.

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Midtown East

Jim’s Shoe Repair

Jim’s has been around since 1932. The family-owned business caters to all shoe-repair needs, including resoling ($38–$85), stretching ($10) and heel height adjustments ($18). The store also specializes in creating custom inserts ($13–$17) to ensure comfort and wearability. Feeling lazy? You can even mail in your shoes to be fixed. 50 E 59th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-355-8259, jimsshoerepair.com). Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 9am–4pm.

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West Village

Hector’s Shoe Repair

Celebrated shoemaker Emily Putterman refers her students to this 20-year-old Greenwich Village staple for quick, inexpensive shoe repairs. Owner Hector Sanchez offers a variety of repair and reconstruction services, including leather resoling ($80), restitching loose or broken seams ($10–$40), and leather conditioning ($6). Be warned: The customer service isn’t always the warmest, but Hector is reliable for durable fixes. 11 Greenwich Ave between Christopher and 10th Sts (212-727-1237). Mon–Fri 7:30am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm.

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Greenwich Village

Yakub Shoe Repair

Owner Yakub M. has been in the shoemaking business for more than 36 years, first learning the craft as a teenage footwear designer in Russia. His shop, which opened in 1991, is celebrated for churning out high-quality and long-lasting repairs, such as custom stretching ($8), resoling ($20–$35), and restitching loose or broken seams ($5–$15). Yakub offers same day service for most refurbishments, so you’ll have your heels, boots or any other type of footwear returned within hours. Be sure to bring cash: It’s the only payment this old-school cobbler accepts. 229 Sullivan St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts (212-673-6230). Mon–Sat 8am–6:30pm.

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Financial District

Mina’s Shoe Repair

This shop’s nearly perfect online-review track record doesn’t lie—Mina Polychronakis’s family-run establishment is really one of the best around. The staff caters to a handful of repair needs, including sole replacements ($8–$65) and recoloring ($30–$150). Turnaround is fairly fast; expect most repairs to be completed within two days. On-the-spot shoe shines ($3–$10) are perfect for a touch-up during your lunch break. 67 Wall St between Hanover and Pearl Sts (212-938-0199). Mon–Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–4pm.

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J&C Shoe Repair

Jay Hernandez’s year-old business has quickly gained popularity as one of Brooklyn’s most trusted repair shops. Hernandez has been doing shoe and bag restoring for more than 30 years, and can mend basically any footwear damage, such as heel replacements ($7–$25) and stretching ($12–$25). 980 Manhattan Ave between Huron and India Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-383-0065). Mon–Fri 7:30am–7pm, Sat 9:30am–6pm.

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Midtown West

Angelo’s Shoe and Leather Specialists

This 40-year-old repair shop is a favorite among those seeking care for luxury goods (Barneys famously sends its clients here). Typical footwear repair services, such as height adjustments ($8–$15), custom refitting ($35–$75) and heel repairs ($25–$35) are offered, plus the shop will fix basically any leather or suede item. Bring in bags for cleaning and conditioning ($35–$65), or have broken hardware replaced ($8–$35). Browse its leather-care guide online to learn how to best treat for your goods between visits. 666 Fifth Ave at 52nd St, lower level (212-757-6364, angelosleathercare.com). Mon–Fri 7am–6:30pm, Sat 10am–4pm.

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Midtown East

B. Nelson

Opened nearly 100 years ago by Bernhard Nelson, this repair shop specializes in resoling, a 19-step process in which the pros here remove the soles, footbeds and heel bases, and replace all of them to ensure longevity. Choose between the standard resoling package ($90), which includes the polishing and conditioning of the shoe’s upper, or the complete package ($120), which also features a waterproofing treatment and complimentary cedar shoe trees to ensure footwear keeps its shape over time. Other repairs—including color refinishing ($20–$25) and heel replacements ($50)— are also available. 140 E 55th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-750-0818, bnelsonshoes.com). Mon–Fri 7:30am–5pm.

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Greenwich Village

Firm Shoe Repair

This no-nonsense shop, owned by cobbler Alex Semkhayev, offers a variety of repair needs at reasonable prices. Simple services, such as shoe shining ($5) and elastic replacements ($8–$18), are done on the spot. More complicated repairs, including mending heels ($15) and replacing soles ($8–$85), take around one week to complete. That may seem like a long time, but trust us, it’s worth the wait for Semkhayev’s high-quality work. 116 Fourth Ave at 12th St (212-533-8530). Mon–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm.

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