Finding a good cobbler these days can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, but Seattle does offer a few throughout the city that can help bring those shoes back to life. Cobblers are certainly not as common as they used to be, but find a good one and they can stretch your shoe dollar further than you can imagine. Most are family run, even single-person operations, so there can be some quirks in the pricing. A tip for working with any cobbler is to make sure the price and work is agreed upon before dropping off your shoes as fixes can vary widely in price.
Broadway Shoe Repair
815 E. Republican St.
Seattle, WA 98102
Broadway Shoe Repair is located in the heart of Capitol Hill in the Broadway Market. The cobbler is known for same-day service and the two very friendly gentlemen who run the establishment. Prices are a mystery, as they aren’t posted onsite, but quotes are received beforehand and tend to be very affordable. One rare feature for a cobbler, the Broadway Shoe Repair offers a punch card system, so the 10th heel repair is free. With excellent customer service and workmanship, a stop into the Broadway Market is well worth the trip.
Choi Shoe Repair
4460 37th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126
Mr. Choi has a long-running shoe repair business in the West Seattle neighborhood. Choi Shoe Repair is known for outstanding workmanship and fair pricing. The company is a one-person operation, so hours can be a bit flexible if Mr. Choi ends up wanting a long lunch. But such inconveniences seem to be a small price to pay for what is received in return. Choi Shoe Repair takes only cash and check, so leave debit cards at home.
Dave Page Cobbler
3509 Evanston Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Dave Page Cobbler specializes in boots and sport shoe repair. In the business since 1969, Dave Page Cobbler is the authorized repair shop for more than 15 brands of outdoor shoes and boots, including REI. He has a reputation for being a bit of a curmudgeon, but the quality of his work is well known and prices are reasonable. Dave Page, however, does specialize so keep the dress shoes at home.
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J&L Shoe Repair
1006 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104
First Hill’s J&L Shoe Repair brings both customer service and quality craftsmanship to its business. Walking into the joint, one could be dismayed by the messy, dusty interior, but this is clearly a workshop. The cobbler will offer many options for fixing the issue and isn’t pushy about which one the customer should take. Prices are reasonable and with a location on Madison Street, it is easily accessible from all over town.
Village Shoe Repair
2629 N.E. University Village St., Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98105
If customer service is the most important item on your list, Village Shoe Repair is probably not for you. The owner is surly, but he is well known around town as a fantastic cobbler. Prices are variable, but work with him to make sure that it is agreed upon before the job begins. They typically are not the cheapest prices in town but the shoes will come out right every time.
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