Best Shoe Repair in Boston

2014 Best Shoe Repair

Alton Place Shoe Repair


An Armenian religious icon watches over Valeriy Gazaryan and his customers at Alton Place Shoe Repair, in Brookline, and indeed, his work seems to border on the miraculous. Gazaryan is…Read More

2013 Best Shoe Repair

Rinaldi’s Park Square


One of the best things about Boston is its walkability. The downside, however, is our oft-abused footwear. So when the insoles of our beloved boots begin to wear and the…Read More

2012 Best Shoe Repair

Boston Instant Shoe Repair

After clomping around the city for a few years, our Italian-leather boots were in dire need of a makeover. “Oy. You must really love these,’ said this shop’s proprietor as…Read More

2011 Best Shoe Repair

Odessa Instant Shoe Repair


Our poor, overloved clogs—not much left of the heel but a few pieces of chewed-up yellow foam. Bracing for a lecture on proper shoe care, we nervously carried them into…Read More

2010 Best Shoe Repair

Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair


When most shoe-mending outfits say “instant,” they mean “come back tomorrow” or “maybe next week.” But at Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair, a tiny stand in the Downtown Crossing T…Read More

2009 Best Shoe Repair

Savas Shoe Repair


While longtime sole man Arthur Savas might not, as one pal jokes affectionately, ‘win any personality contests,’ he is undoubtedly a shoe’s best friend: re-heeling, re-soling, and otherwise patching up…Read More

2007 Best Shoe Repair

Waban Shoe Repair


Cobblestones are charming. Replacing a $900 pair of limited-edition size 11 Louboutins because a heel snapped off in that picturesque paving material—again—is not. We scoured the city for a place…Read More

2005 Best Shoe Repair

Jazz Shoe Repair


Heels break. Toes scuff. Salt stains. Stop pouting—head instead to Jazz Shoe Repair, where owner Yuriy Arutyunov will fix and shine your shoes in his cozy garage-like shop while you…Read More

2004 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


Ares has been resoling, reheeling, and repolishing Boston’s finest leather shoes for more than 70 years and will take extra special care of yours. The expert cobblers in the cozy…Read More

2003 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


There are more than 70 shoe repair joints in Greater Boston; picking the finest involves a little legwork. Why this particular shop—and for a second year in a row? Armenian-born…Read More

2002 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


Not since Beacon Hill was a colonial settlement has Charles Street produced a shop so obsessed with top-quality workmanship. The scents of oil and leather waft from behind this small…Read More

2001 Best Shoe Repair

Santacross Distinctive Shoe Service


Larger and cleaner than the average cobble shop, Santacross makes shoes better than new every time. No repair work—heel replacement, restitching, waterproofing—is beyond the ability of the affable, helpful employees….Read More

2000 Best Shoe Repair

Alex’s Shoe Service


Been missing truly great customer service in your life? Here’s some advice: Take an old or broken pair of shoes to Alexander’s. This family-owned business takes pride in its work,…Read More

1995 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


Boston streets are hell on heels. Case in point: the heel of a favorite Stephane Kelian pump, chewed by cobblestones. But Ares came to the rescue. After its ministrations, we…Read More

1994 Best Shoe Repair

Rinaldi’s Shoe Repair


Several shops rejected our ripped Ferragamo pump as unsalvageable, but the guys at Rinaldi’s said, “We’ll do a good job.” And they did…Read More

1987 Best Shoe Repair

Louis Shoe Service


Fast, courteous service, impeccable work. Why can’t someone fix cars this well?

1979 Best Shoe Repair

Harry Mantos


There have been three generations of Mantoses at Boston Bootmakers, 115 Summer St., a firm that itself is fifty years old—suggesting that they must be doing something right. For repairs…Read More

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