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Bootmaker recommendations in Canberra?

JessP 13 March 2013 14


I am looking to have a pair of boots resoled and heeled. Expensive boots (not fashion, not high heeled, just boots) and I would like to find a decent quality bootmaker.

I have used some of the franchise type on other boots and found them expensive and lacking in quality to say the very least (aka: boots fell apart after the resole because of the ineptitude of the person who soled them).

Any recomendations?

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14 Responses to Bootmaker recommendations in Canberra?
rjpa rjpa 6:30 pm 12 Sep 15

The Manuka Cobbler is outstanding.

Excellent value for money.

High quality work.

Great bloke.

Bevan_Bogan Bevan_Bogan 8:48 pm 10 Oct 14

I have used the Manuka Cobbler before and today used him again for heel repair to two pairs of womens’ shoes. He replaced the heels while I waited at 4:45 PM 🙂 Took about 20 minutes. Cost $22 each pair – not sure if this is a competitive price because I have not used a shoe repair service for a long time, but the service was good quality (he seems to know his profession) and he’s very friendly. I think there is more to shoe repair than meets the eye. Overall, very happy.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:12 am 14 Mar 13

molongloid said :

EvanJames mentioned Rossi. They do a very good factory resole. Or did the last time I checked.

But you’d have to send them to Melbourne or somewhere? The whole sole just detached, but I suspect it was due to my wearing them when spraying herbicide, bad idea in hindsight.

dtc dtc 9:41 am 14 Mar 13

The shop in Baileys Arcade – been doing my shoes for about 20 years and has been there for longer than that

niceplacetolive niceplacetolive 8:48 am 14 Mar 13

You could perhaps try Jhay the cobbler at Dickson.

molongloid molongloid 2:44 am 14 Mar 13

EvanJames mentioned Rossi. They do a very good factory resole. Or did the last time I checked.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:21 pm 13 Mar 13

Manuka Cobbler is a fine shoe maker but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t do repairs. For the record, he’s on Wollongong St, in the bit where Capital Steering is.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:06 pm 13 Mar 13

Have a chat with the bloke who owns the shoe repair shop on City Walk under the stairs not far from where the old Boulevard cinemas used to be. He did a great job on a pair of Lloyd shoes of mine.

Alf Alf 5:58 pm 13 Mar 13

I would use Manuka Cobbler who is located in Fyshwick these days. He can make you any type of show from scratch and knows his stuff.

shirty_bear shirty_bear 3:38 pm 13 Mar 13

Maybe try Joe’s Boots. Kingston, I believe.

D3lerium D3lerium 12:52 pm 13 Mar 13

Joe’s boots

D3lerium D3lerium 12:51 pm 13 Mar 13


androo androo 12:15 pm 13 Mar 13

Joe’s boots in Kingston

EvanJames EvanJames 12:14 pm 13 Mar 13

I’ve got some high-end hiking boots (Rossi) and some John Bull work boots both of whose soles have rotted and detached (I don’t think they liked herbicide), and i’m planning to take them to Joe’s Boots at kingo when I stop procrastinating (and clean the spiders out of them).

I imagine and hope it’s still the case that Joe’s has an actual shoemaker in residence who knows how to build footwear, and thus is better at repairing it. I’ve had some dress shoes to them in the past for fairly tricky repairs (one to stop them squeaking which necessitated taking the shoes apart) and they did a good job.

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