For all of you shoe lovers out there,
As household budgets tighten, the economy sinks and unemployment rates climb, the cobbler business is booming. People looking for ways to save money are turning to the shoe-repair business to help, cobblers and industry advocates say.
The Wall Street Journal recently noted this fact:
Cobblers at the nation's roughly 7,000 repair shops — down from more than 100,000 in the 1930s — are thriving, bordering on overwhelmed, says John McLoughlin, president of the Shoe Service Institute of America (SSIA), an industry group composed of volunteers.
We're sure Carrie Bradshaw would rather go to the cobbler that buy a new pair of her favorite Manolos.