There is an old saying about “walking a mile” in someone’s shoes. While that may be the path to empathy, it could be an uncomfortable walk. Comfortable shoes are made, not bought. For many people, the thought of their most comfortable shoes wearing out is a time they dread. One solution to avoid buying a new pair of comfortable shoes is to have the old ones repaired. Cobblers may be a vanishing breed, but there are still cobblers working in Baltimore.


Stefan’s Leather & Shoe Repair
3810 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 243-6852

For more than 50 years, Stefan Gegala has been perfecting the craft of leather working. And in 1992, Gegala opened his first Stefan’s Leather and Shoe Repair store in Baltimore. Over the years, the company has expanded and moved to its current location that services Baltimore residents. From shoe shining to repairing and restoring, the company also provides resoling and dyeing services. The store also stocks and sells dyes, shoe polish, laces, wallets, key chains and more. The store is named after owner Stefan Gegala, a Polish immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1983.



The Cobbler Shop
219 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 234-2959

A full-service cobbler shop, the appropriately named Cobbler Shop provides shoe repair, resoling and other services. Located in downtown, the shop also provides shoe dyeing services. The business also offers repair services for purses, jackets and other leather goods. A variety of shoe products are kept in stock and The Cobbler Shop is a virtual one-stop shop for your shoe needs.

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Eric’s Cobblers & Cleaners
1101 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Md. 21208
(410) 484-3310

For more than 35 years, Eric’s Cobblers & Cleaners has provided shoe and leather repair services. In addition, the business also provides clothing alteration, calf size alteration, orthopedic adjustments, shoe care products and also luggage repair. The company stocks Birkenstock soles and Vibram soles. Eric’s could be called a Renaissance shop as it offers a multitude of services including zipper repair and key duplication. Come in to get your shoes repaired and leave with a tailored shirt on your back and a freshly copied key on your keychain.

Clarke’s Express Shoe and Leather Repair
6920 Holabird Ave.
Dundalk, Md. 21222
(410) 284-2458

Celebrating 21 years in business, Clarke’s Express Shoe & Leather Repair now has two locations – Holabird Avenue and a shop in Bel Air. Its services include resoling of casual and dress shoes, boots, high-heeled shoes, dyeing, custom orthopedic lifts, stretching, baseball glove repairs and repairs to other leather goods. Owner J. O’Farrell Clarke II has been repairing shoes for 28 years and at Clarke’s Express, he has been “saving soles since 1991!”

Red Wing Shoe Store
8821 Annapolis Road
Lanham, Md. 20706
(301) 459-7622

For more than 20 years, the Red Wing Shoe Store has served customers in the Lanham area. The company provides oiling, repair, insoles and stocks a full assortment of laces. The company prides itself on providing full services to customers, from customized shoe fitting to maintenance and repair. The company also sells work shoes and boot, hiking and hunting boots and other products.

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