Save money by repairing worn shoes

April 6, 2009 9:59:49 AM PDT
Business has really stepped up at Pete's Shoe Repair, a father-daughter business in Runnemede, New Jersey.

Prudy LaMantia says, "In the last few months, we've seen a 30% to 40% boost in our shoe repair. People are saying, 'We need to start fixing and not just throwing away and buying new.' "

Prudy runs the front of the store. Her sister Rosanna works on repairs, along with their dad Pete, who's officially retired, but somehow keeps ending up at work.

Mostly, they repair women's shoes by replacing worn heels -- for $10. They can also lower the heels on shoes that are just too high for comfort.

Most men's shoes needs new heels and soles -- which cost from $38 to $50, depending on the style.

For Mike DiFiore, of Glendora, shoe repair made sense. He brought in one shoe for a new sole. He said it was a lot less expensive than buying a whole new pair.

All repairs include a shoe shine. Or you can get just a shine for $5, which Rosana says will not only make your shoes look new, it will help them last longer.

At Pete's, the LaMantia's will also fix purses and luggage and do all sorts of heavy sewing and repairs, on items like leather jackets, motorcycle bags and boat covers.

Pete's Shoe Repair is located at 725 North Black Horse Pike in Runnemede. The phone number is: 856-939-1100. It was highly rated by the Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook for both quality and service.

Other highly rated shoe repair stores in our area include:
Pisano and Son Shoe and Orthopedic Service at 5 Channing Avenue in Malvern (610-647-4583).
New Father and Sons Shoe Service at 6037 Castor Avenue in Philadelphia (215-289-4861)
Daniel's Shoe and Dye Service at 6700 Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia (215-424-9691)
Shoe Tech Repair at 111 West 9th Street in Wilmington, Delaware (302-656-0405).

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