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The Lost Art Of The Cobbler At The Cobbler's Rack

Cobbler's Rack Vernon Leonard doing a boot repair
Image Credit: Cobbler's Rack Shoes & Repairs

Cobbling is an ancient craft that has been around for centuries, and Maggie Niewinski and partner Leonard Legare at The Cobbler's Rack in Vernon are keeping this dying art alive.

If you've ever had a favourite pair of shoes you couldn't part with, then you know the value of a good cobbler.

"The problem is that cobblers are disappearing," according to Maggie. "They're getting older, and there are no training schools. To find a cobbler is not easy. There are a lot of towns and cities across BC without them. We have customers who travel from Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Revelstoke. They need a repair for a pair of shoes or boots, so people are very thankful to find a service like ours."

Cobbler's Rack Vernon Birkenstocks on sale
Cobbler's Rack Vernon Birkenstocks on sale
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The Cobbler's Rack Shoes and Repair specializes in bringing your shoes back to life. With years of experience and attention to detail, they can fix a wide range of shoe damage, from worn soles and heels to torn uppers. They can replace broken or missing zippers or hardware such as eyelets or buckles on dress shoes or work boots.

Maggie advises that proper care and maintenance are crucial to keep your shoes in good shape. For leather shoes, it's essential to keep the leather supple.

"Moisturizing with oil, cream, or balm is essential," she says. "We carry many products for shoe care and we advise customers how to best take care of their shoes."

She also says investing in a good quality shoe is definitely worth it in the long run. Many people hesitate to spend the extra money, but the benefits outweigh the cost.

"You buy the cheaper kind - you wear them for a year and throw them out. Or you can buy a good quality pair, and you can re-sole them and re-heel them for years."

Cobbler's Rack Vernon New Shoes for Sale
Cobbler's Rack Vernon New Shoes for Sale
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In addition to its shoe repair service, Cobbler's Rack also stocks the latest styles in footwear. For the best fit, try the Aetrex‘s Albert 3D foot scan in the store. They can also help you get fitted out with custom orthotics if required. Along with their large selection of shoes, boots, sandals and other footwear, Cobbler's Rack carries a wide variety of accessories including socks, leather belts, gloves, hats and European-quality purses. So whether you need a simple repair or are looking for a good pair of high-quality shoes, stop in at Cobbler's Rack in Vernon this spring, meet Maggie and Leonard, and browse their extensive shoe collection.

They're open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday right on the main street of Vernon, at 3204 -30th Ave. For more information on the brands they carry, check out the Cobbler's Rack website at

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