Repair Services

Be inspired by the array of customized services we offer for all your leather care needs.

BRIDAL AND DYEING

Cobbler Express offers professional dyeing services for your bridal and everyday needs. We have dyed the shoes of the world’s most famous brides! Bridal/Satin shoes can be dyed to match your swatch.

We offer an extensive collection of dye options for leather and suede footwear, but have more freedom in color options with leather than we do suede.

Before we begin the dyeing process, we review the changes that can occur: lighting impact, manufacturer glue marks, troubleshooting detail areas (bows, pleats, knots, gathers), and more. Please check with your footwear manufacturer to confirm your item is dyeable.

HANDBAG ALTERATIONS

We have an extensive department of skilled crafts men and women who are devoted to the alteration/repairing of leather accessories.

  • Repair or replace entire linings
  • Repair damaged or cracked handles and shoulder straps. We can even replicate most handle and shoulder straps styles.
  • Structure Reinforcement. Has the shape of your bag changed? We can relining it with different materials to bring back it’s posture/structure/shape
  • We can add a shoulder strap or handles to various types of designs.

HANDBAG CLEANING & CONDITIONING

We clean all items made of natural and man-made materials through a variety of methods including steam cleaning, dry cleaning or water washing with water based solvents. All cleaning is done by hand.

To neutralize odors such as smoke, perfume, pets, dusky smells and more, we can employ our deodorizing methods.

Exotics including lizard, ostrich, and alligator can also be conditioned to help restore the original sheen and the look of your exotic accessories.

After the cleaning and conditioning process, all items are treated with our Nanotechnology water and stain repellent spray to further protect your items. We recommend purchasing our spray products to continue the treatment at home, as one treatment lasts for two to four weeks depending on how often the items is used.

HANDBAG DYEING

We offer an extensive collection of dye options for leather and suede handbags, but have more freedom in color options with leather than we do suede.

Before we begin the dyeing process, we review the changes that can occur: lighting impact, manufacturer glue marks, troubleshooting detail areas (bows, pleats, knots, gathers), and more. Please check with your handbag manufacturer to confirm your item is dyeable.

HANDBAG HARDWARE

We carry an extensive collection of hardware such as buckles, d-rings, beads, ornaments, crystals, Swarovski crystals, zipper pulls, locks, studs, rivets, eyelets, clasps, hooks, magnetic snaps and many more items to service needs including hardware replacement, reattachment or customization.

HANDBAG STITCHING

Whether you’re missing some stitches or need your item completely re-stitched, we carry over 50 different colors and shades of thread in two to three different gauges to ensure your item is repaired as close to its original aesthetic and construction.

HANDBAG WATER & STAIN TREATMENTS

Our Water & Stain Repellent provides protection to your prized leather goods based on the revolutionary Nanotechnology, allowing your item to remain breathable versus a typical waterproofing product. Our product can be applied on all kinds of leather, suede, nubuck and textile materials. This is a recommended in-home product item as one treatment lasts up to two to four weeks depending on how often the item is worn.

HANDBAG ZIPPER REPAIR / REPLACEMENT / INSTALLATION

We have a large stock of zippers in a variety of colors and finishes that we use to replace broken zippers, replace for a different style or color, or even add to items that don’t currently have zippers. We carry the same high-quality zippers used by luxury brands.

MEN’S HEELS

The Top Lift / Heel Lift is the material at the end of your heel that comes in contact with the ground. It can either be in rubber or leather or a combination of both depending on the style of footwear. We carry a variety of different toplift styles, sizes and colors.

MEN’S SOLE GUARD – PROTECTIVE SOLE

A protective sole is applied to extend the life of the sole and decrease slippage. Our protective soles are available in many colors. We do not simply glue the protective sole on top of the existing sole, we carefully apply it into the existing sole so that the sole guard is set firmly into the sole base. This ensures that neither the balance, nor the look of the shoes are affected.

MEN’S SOLES

The sole is the bottom part of your shoes and boots that come in direct contact with the ground. As with all parts of the shoe, soles are made from a variety of materials that are durable and resistant.

For styles that need leather sole replacement we carry only one type: THE BEST! The leather soling product we use on women’s and men’s footwear is imported from an exclusive European company who uses the classic traditional method of ground tanning with pure vegetable tanning agents – a process which takes 12 months to complete.

There are two options of sole repairs: full or half, which we match to conform to the original design of your footwear. For men’s footwear we always recommend/suggest doing a full leather sole versus a leather half sole. The leather half sole is the easier and less expensive of the two options but a full leather sole gives you more of a natural look/finish.

MEN’S TAPS

We carry an assortment of plastic and metal taps that are applied onto the toe and/or heel. Taps are used as an added layer of protection for the tips of your soles and outer edges of your heels; the two areas that wear out the fast from normal wear. We also offer a metal tip that is built into the tip of your sole versus nailing a tap onto the tip of sole; we call it a french metal tip.

MEN’S TIPS OF SOLES

Normal daily wear doesn’t always require a resoling to bring the sole back to life. The tips of your soles and outer edges of your heels are the two areas that wear out the fastest from normal wear. We can redo only the tips of the soles either in leather or rubber to coordinate with various styles/designs. The new leather or rubber tip is applied so that it is flush with the sole. If doing a rubber tip you have the option of doing a different color other than black rubber; just specify this when dropping them off or filling out our repair form.

We also offer a metal tip that is built into the tip of your sole versus nailing a tap onto the tip of sole; we call it a french metal tip.

SHOE ALTERATION

We have an extensive department of skilled craftsman and craftswomen who are devoted to the alteration/repairing of footwear uppers.

STRAP ALTERATIONS

A strap broke apart from your shoe? Need a strap adjusted to fit properly? Snapped elastic? Want to make straps more comfy? These are alterations we do on a daily basis.

CALF/SHAFT ALTERATIONS

If you have a pair of ankle boots that don’t fit properly, either too narrow or too large in the shaft, we can alter the shaft to accommodate your needs.

For boots with or without a zipper, we can also shorten shafts if they hit too high on the leg.

ZIPPER REPLACEMENT + INSTALLATION

We have a large stock of zippers in a variety of colors and finishes that we use to replace broken zippers, replace for a different style or color, or even add to existing boots that don’t currently have zippers. We carry zippers that current designers use on their brands.

HARDWARE

We carry an extensive collection of hardware such as buckles, d-rings, beads, ornaments, zipper pulls, locks, studs, rivets, eyelets, clasps, hooks and many more items to service needs including: hardware replacement, reattachment or customization.

PADDING + COMFORT

Is your footwear uncomfortable and too big? We can add foam or cork padding inside your footwear for a more comfortable fit and to help take up space when the item is too large in size. Padding can either be full length or just a half pad in the forefront of the footwear.

SHOE CLEANING & CONDITIONING

We clean all items made of natural and man-made materials through a variety of methods including steam cleaning, dry cleaning or water washing with water based solvents. All cleaning is done by hand.

To neutralize odors such as smoke, perfume, pets, dusky smells and more, we can employ our deodorizing methods.

Exotics including lizard, ostrich, and alligator can also be conditioned to help restore the original sheen and the look of your exotic accessories.

After the cleaning and conditioning process, all items are treated with our Nanotechnology water and stain repellent spray to further protect your items. We recommend purchasing our spray products to continue the treatment at home, as one treatment lasts for two to four weeks depending on how often the items is used.

SHOE DYEING

We offer an extensive collection of dye options for leather and suede footwear, but have more freedom in color options with leather than we do suede.

Before we begin the dyeing process, we review the changes that can occur: lighting impact, manufacturer glue marks, troubleshooting detail areas (bows, pleats, knots, gathers), and more. Please check with your footwear manufacturer to confirm your item is dyeable.

SHOE SHINE

From high shine to a subtle sheen or matte. We also offer exotic skin reglazing.

SHOE STRETCHING

We employ a variety of machines for our stretching process and one skilled artisan who is specifically devoted to this skill. After the stretching process is complete, the leather is polished and/or conditioned; if needed.

Depending on the material and construction of your footwear, we can potentially stretch it up to a half size larger.

Note: Shoes do stretch out naturally so we recommended that you try to break them in first. If they still don’t feel comfortable, we can help with the break-in process.

TIP: Please keep in mind that anytime a shoe or boot is stretched for width, the length is also affected. So if the width is an issue and the length slightly we recommend only stretching the width. If you are not sure what needs to be done, you may show us or send us a picture of where your footwear hurts, and we’ll advise what can be done to aid in comfort.

BOOT CALF STRETCHING

Depending on the material and construction of the boot we can stretch the calf FROM .5”-3”

For calf stretching, measure the circumference of both calves around the fullest part of your legs.

TIP: If calf stretching still doesn’t solve the problem we can add a leather or elastic gore. For this procedure we would want to see you in person.

SHOE WATER & STAIN TREATMENTS

Our Repellent provides protection to your prized leather goods based on the revolutionary Nanotechnology, allowing your item to remain breathable versus a typical waterproofing product. Our product can be applied on all kinds of leather, suede, nubuck and textile materials. This is a recommended in-home product item as one treatment lasts up to two to four weeks depending on how often the item is worn.

WOMEN’S HEELS

The Top Lift / Heel Lift is the part at the end of your heel that comes in contact with the ground. It can either be in rubber or leather or a combination of both depending on the style of footwear. We carry a variety of different top lift sizes and colors.

HEIGHT SHORTENING

Do your heels fill a tad too high? Depending on the construction / style of your shoes we can shorten the heel height by 5mm to 10mm.

BROKEN HEELS

For broken stilettos or high-heeled footwear, we carry an assortment of heels that we can match with your original heels to retain the existing style.

We can fix all types of heels and if it’s not repairable we can replace the heels with a similar pair. After the heel(s) is/are replaced we would than recover them with the same or similar material/color around the heels.

HEEL REPLACEMENT

If the original design allows, we may be able to change a wide heel into a stiletto or change a stiletto into a wide heel to create a different design. Please note that feasibility depends on the original design and construction.

 

WOMEN’S SOLES

The sole is the bottom part of your shoes and boots that come in direct contact with the ground. As with all parts of the shoe, soles are made from a variety of materials that are durable and resistant.

For styles that need leather sole replacement we carry only one type: THE BEST! The leather soleing product we use on women’s and men’s footwear is imported from an exclusive European company who uses the classic traditional method of ground tanning with pure vegetable tanning agents – a process which takes 12 months to complete.

There are two options of sole repairs: full or half, which we match to conform to the original design of your footwear. On high heeled footwear we would only do a half sole; a full sole can be done but is not needed. On high heeled footwear we would only do a half sole; a full sole can be done but is not needed.

WOMEN’S TAPS

We carry an assortment of plastic and metal taps that are applied onto the toe and/or heel. Taps are used as an added layer of protection for the tips of your soles and outer edges of your heels; the two areas that wear out the fast from normal wear. Please note that heel taps can not be applied to stiletto heels.

WOMEN’S TIPS OF SOLES

Normal daily wear doesn’t always require a resoling to bring the sole back to life. The tips of your soles and outer edges of your heels are the two areas that wear out the fastest from normal wear. We can redo only the tips of the soles either in leather or rubber to coordinate with various styles/designs. The new leather or rubber tip is applied so that it is flush with the sole. If doing a rubber tip you have the option of doing a different color other than black rubber; just specify this when dropping them off or filling out our repair form.

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FOR PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE:

Please keep in mind that pricing is for pick up and delivery may be higher depending on the amount of time in craftsmanship it requires. Pricing will be confirmed before work begins.

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