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Shoe Repair and Maintenance in Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

Hello Men and Women of Hong Kong,

As you well know, shoes are easily worn out in this city with high foot traffic, uneven surfaces, escalators, slopes, and stairs.  Keep your shoes in great shape by seasonally taking new and old shoes to the cobbler.  Why take new shoes to the cobbler?  You’ll want to have a sole protector glued onto leather bottoms right at the get-go with to prevent damage and keep them lasting longer.  Read on to find out more of my tips for keeping shoes looking great year after year = save $ and keep your favorite shoes looking great.

The absolute BEST place in Hong Kong for shoe, handbag, belt, and leather care & repair (recommended by LV) is “The TOP” located in Central: Rear Shop B, Ground Floor, Comm House, 35 Queens Road Central (right next to the ally entrance of McDonald’s on Queen’s Road).  Very nice guys, very excellent workmanship.

Another great place is “The Groom” – located in various MTR stations throughout HKG; http://www.thegroomshoesrepair.com.

Sole care: Flat shoes with leather bottoms/soles (men and women)

have a protective layer glued onto the bottoms which adds traction and years of life to your shoes.  Cost = approx. $200-250 HKD.  (Several cobblers have red protective covers for Christian Louboutin shoes – see picture)

High heel tip replacement: A cobbler is able to remove the worn-down tip and install a new one.  Once your tip is worn down, immediately get them repaired rather than walking on the metal tip – this will crack your shoe and cause aches and pains in your body.

Keep the shape: Use shoe trees, shoe-shape holders, tissue paper made into the shape of the shoe toe… something in the toe of your shoes for a nice, strong shape in storage.

Shine on: Cobblers and leather smiths will help buff, polish, and shine your shoes to keep them respectable and looking new.  Patent leather shoes should never touch one another in storage because the finish will scuff and scratch.

Storage: Consider to keep your shoes in their original boxes, put them away neatly each night, keep a photo on the outside of the box, and organize on a large shelving unit so they may stack vertically and take up less space and keep shoes dust-free.  If this is too extreme, simply purchase 2 stackable stainless steel wire shelving racks from IKEA – functional, sharp looking… and able to hold approximately 24 pairs of shoes.

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  3. Miss Curator says:

    Hi! I’m not sure if this blog is still live – but I’m just searching for wooden shoe trees for high heels in Hong Kong. Just wondering if you know where I can find them? Thanks!

    • Hello Miss Curator, thank you for your question. Blog is a bit sleepy these days, I’m afraid. For shoe trees in cedar (which absorb odors from the shoe) perhaps best to order online at Amazon for convenience and ratings available, etc. I just tried this and have a pair from the brand “Woodlore” being sent here directly. Shoe trees and shoe stretchers available for heels. Shops here in HK to try (though I have not) include Tops (located adjacent to Macdonalds side entrance on Queens Road), Wing On, or dance shoe stores such as the one in Shun Tak Center.

      Best of luck!

  4. David says:

    I think I’m going to give The Groom shop a little try for a leather sole replacement, thanks for the info 🙂

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