Shoe repairers and shoemakers (NOC 6343)

About this job

Shoe repairers repair footwear and shoemakers make specialized and custom shoes and boots.

These workers:

  • are employed in shoe repair shops or custom shoemaking establishments
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • boot repairer / maker
  • cobbler
  • shoe dyer
  • shoe mender / repairer
  • shoemaker - custom / orthopedic


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


  • discuss type of footwear to be made and get measurements from customers
  • select patterns and leather or other material and outline and cut patterns
  • select or assemble lasts (shoe form), 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • There may be strong odours in the workplace.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Shoe repairers may progress to shoemakers with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.