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Shoe Repairer

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 12 Preferred

Also known as Footwear Repairer.

Shoe repairers repair shoes and leather goods according to customer requirements.


    Shoe repairers may perform the following tasks:

  • choose ready-made new soles or cut them from pieces of leather, rubber or nylon, and then cement them to the shoe
  • use a power-operated sole stitcher, a manually operated sewing machine or a glue solution to attach soles to shoes
  • replace heels by cutting replacement heels into shape and cementing or nailing them into place by machine or by hand
  • stain and polish repaired shoes to match the original colour
  • replace insoles and toecaps, re-stitch loose seams, replace bows, buckles, zippers and ribbons, patch uppers and re-colour and polish shoes
  • carry out repairs such as replacing zips on handbags and luggage
  • cut keys, change watch batteries and do engraving
  • interact with and respond to customers
  • handle money and process sales
  • manage other staff and accounts
  • if highly skilled, make surgical adjustments such as building up soles and heels or adapting footwear according to doctors' prescriptions


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • money handling skills
  • safety-conscious
  • able to work quickly and accurately
  • free from allergies to glue and polish

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Influencing/Personal Contact


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 12 Preferred

You can work as a shoe repairer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a shoe repairer through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Footwear Repair.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 12.


Most shoe repairers work on their own in small shops. Individual employers do not always have enough business to take on a trainee. Shoe repairers often work in multi-service bars that also offer key cutting, changing of watch batteries and engraving.

Job prospects have been affected by changes in fashions and materials, such as, the increasing use of plastics and rubbers, some of which are not considered repairable.

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