UPPER EAST SIDE
- Empire Shoe Repair
991 Lexington Ave.; 212-744-1257
Chaim Yigal Dzhurayev insists on top-quality repair materials (German leather, Vibram heels)—some shoes come back better than when new.
UPPER WEST SIDE
228 Columbus Ave.; 917-441-3927
Harry’s and Tip Top both send customers here for repairs and resizing (both up and down).
- Europe Shoe Repair
113 E. 31st St.; 212-889-7258
Parents in this family- friendly neighborhood say the proprietor manages to prolong the life of even the most scuffed kiddie shoes.
- Andrade Shoe Repair
320 Bleecker St.; 212-255-8863
Heels and soles, sure, but they’ll also restitch a handbag strap while you wait. Especially good at matching leather in hard-to-find hues.
LOWER EAST SIDE
- Erik Shoe Repair
353 Grand St.; 212-673-0507
Can turn total wrecks back into wearable shoes. Superfast turnaround too (including, at least once, a reheeling job done as a taxi idled outside).
- Cobbler Express
60 Wall St.; 212-809-9814
Eduard Shimunov (recently relocated from Maiden Lane) fixes soles or heels if you can wait, or offers same-day service if you can’t.
BOERUM HILL/COBBLE HILL/CARROLL GARDENS
- Michael’s Shoe Repair
319 Smith St.; 718-243-0288
Michael Davydov’s as comfortable fixing Louboutins as he is with those comfy old loafers you’re trying to rescue.
Best Neighborhood Shoe Repair
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).