Shoe repairers mend footwear, and items like belts and bags.
Salary range: £14,500 to £20,000
How to become a shoe repairer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in fashion and textiles footwear.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly for a job as a trainee with a shoe repair company.
Some employers may give you a short assessment to test your English, basic maths and practical skills.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- persistence and determination
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- replacing worn out soles and heels
- carrying out more complicated repairs, like renew stitching and welts
- building up soles and heels
- cleaning, polishing, dying or staining shoes
- replacing buckles, laces, zips or straps
- maintaining equipment, sharpening cutting tools and servicing machinery
You could work at a store.
Your working environment may be noisy, dirty and dusty.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
If you’re working for a large company, once you have experience you could progress into a management position.
With experience and financial backing, you could set up your own retail business.
You could also work in a high quality shoe-making factory.