Shoe repairers repair footwear and shoemakers make specialized and custom shoes and boots. They are employed in shoe repair shops or custom shoemaking establishments, or they may be self-employed.

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Example titles

  • Bootmaker
  • Custom shoemaker
  • Orthopedic shoemaker
  • Shoe repairer
  • Shoemaker

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Shoemakers

  • Discuss type of footwear to be made and obtain measurements from customer
  • Select patterns and leather or other material and outline and cut patterns
  • Select or assemble lasts, fasten insoles to lasts and sew or glue other parts into place
  • Trim, dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes
  • Estimate custom footwear costs and receive payment from customers
  • May supervise other shoemakers and shoe repairers.

Shoe repairers

  • Repair soles, heels and other parts of footwear using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials and equipment
  • Repair belts, luggage, purses and similar products
  • Estimate footwear repair costs and take payment.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school may be required.
  • Several months of on-the-job training is provided for shoe repairers.
  • Extensive on-the-job training is provided for shoemakers.
  • Shoemakers may require experience as shoe repairers.

Additional information

Shoe repairers may progress to shoemakers with experience.

Exclusions

  • Labourers in shoe manufacturing (in 9619 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities)
  • Workers who cut fabric or leather to form shoe parts on a production basis (in 9445 Fabric, fur and leather cutters)
  • Workers who operate sewing machines to make shoes on a production basis (in 9446 Industrial sewing machine operators) Follow me

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