Our cobblers and shoe repairers specialise in all types of shoe repair, cleaning and restoration services. Restoring all bespoke brands, contemporary labels and classic suede or leather shoes, let our cobblers breathe new life into your leather shoes.
Well regarded as the best shoe repairers and cobbler in Melbourne for over sixty years, we offer quality craftmanship and bespoke service for your leather shoes. All our shoe repairs are completed at our heritage workshop by our team of experienced cobblers and leather restoration specialists.Our Story
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We offer a variety of leather shoe services including repairs, cleaning, restoration and colour changes. Our team works with all types of materials such as suede, patent and smooth leathers.
The front-portions of leather soles are highly prone to wear. Leather toe pieces are triangular cut sections of leather that are used to rebuild worn toe-portions of shoes. Leather toe pieces are often used as an alternative to resoling or to build up the soles prior to applying rubber sole protectors or metal toe plates.
Protective soles are a popular sole modification where colour-matched 1mm rubber soles are affixed to the front-half of leather soles. The purpose of the rubber is to provide slip resistance, watertightness and preserve the leather. Protective soles are crafted to be flush with the existing soles and finished with an edge dressing.
Toe plates are arch shaped pieces of metal that are used to protect the toe portions of leather soles. We add toe plates or taps (Lulu and Triumph) to leather soles to prevent the soles wearing. The soles are prepped and the steel plates are sunk into the leather with screws. This method allows for the steel plates to remain flush with the soles.
We repair or resole shoes with new half or full leather JR soles. The new soles are smoothed, waxed and professionally finished with an edge dressing. Leather shoes can also be resoled with leather toe pieces and sole protectors (TOPYs) or metal toe plates as a more cost-effective repair option.
We resole shoes with full rubber Vibram soles. This service is available to replace the existing soles with either flat rubber soles or pre-moulded sole units. For pre-moulded soles such as hiking boots, matching or similar sole units may need to be sourced from our suppliers.
Heels are made up of a full layer of rubber or a combination of rubber and leather attached to a heel block. We replace worn heels with matching toplifts or combination rubber / leather heels. If the heel blocks have also been worn in, they need to be built up with leather before the new heels can be applied.
We reattach heels that show signs of instability or wobbliness. The unstable heel is temporarily removed. The base of the shoe is sanded and an adhesive or additional reinforcement is applied. The heel is realigned for balance and attached back to the upper.
The heel block is often made of stacked layers of material or leather covered with veneer. We replace damaged heel blocks with custom made ones covered with a decorative layer of veneer which, is refinished with a custom matched stain before a new rubber top piece is applied.
The leather inserts attached to the base of shoes. We replace worn or deteriorated insoles with new insoles cut from a matching section of leather and redyed to replicate the originals. A layer of foam padding is also added to the insoles for comfort and support.
The leather lining spanning the inside of the shoe is susceptible to wear and tear over time - this is usually from sweat and moisture that accumulates inside the shoes. We replace worn, damaged or deteriorated linings with matching leather or material.
Leather is a flexible material and can be stretched or widened. We stretch shoes with mechanised equipment up to half a size larger. We can also alter shoes or boots by hand to achieve a custom size. This may involve "letting out" the shoe from the upper to relieve tight shoes.
We restitch shoes to repair any wear and tear. Our industrial-grade stitching machines are used for straight seams. Hand stitching is often used for thicker leathers. Our wide selection of threads allows for custom matching of thickness and colour for a seamless repair.
We use a supporting layer of leather to patch any holes between the soles and uppers or tears in the shoes. The new layer of leather is used to reinforce and strengthen the area from an unexposed side.
We replace lost, missing or damaged hardware on shoes. Examples may include eyelets, buckles and studs. Some hardware is proprietor of certain brands, in such cases our craftsmen can replace the hardware with something of similar aesthetics and quality.
We replace shoe zips with matching zips. A new zip is selected that matches the profile of the original hardware and colour of the fabric and fitted from the inside of the shoe. Providing the original branded zip slider is not damaged, it can be inserted onto the new zip track.
We polish, nourish and shine leather shoes. The shoes are cleaned of grime before colour-matched Saphir Medaille D'or polish and wax are applied to buff out minor scuffs, scratches and imperfections. An all purpose conditioner is used to restore essential oils and nutrients.
Professional water protection and stain resistance for suede and leather shoes. We only apply high quality silicon-free waterproofing agents that do not change the colour or complexion of the leather while strengthening the fibres and creating a water protective barrier.
We clean and removed stains from leather shoes. Our deep cleaning procedure involves removing any marks or stains on the leather with extractive techniques before restoring the surface with cleaning and conditioning agents. If there is any discolouration to the leather, a refinishing or dyeing procedure might be required to restore the colour.
We refinish, redye or recolour leather shoes that are discoloured, scratched or deeply. The dye is custom-matched and the finish is reapplied by hand before the leather is nourished and waterproofed to prevent colour migration.
We recolour or redye shoes to a completely new colour. The original finish of the shoe is stripped before the new dye is applied. Our dyes are applied by hand as opposed to spray gun application for a more natural and refined finish to the leather that preserves the original character.
We specialise in all types of leather shoe repairs, alterations, cleaning and restorative work. Please find our full service list and shoe repair costs below.View Price List
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Your use of the Evans website and services constitutes your agreement with the terms and conditions outlined below, with any other terms and conditions stated herein, and with any applicable laws. These terms are subject to change without prior notice
All efforts will be made to ensure that repair and restoration jobs are completed to a high standard. Evans employs only highly skilled leather craftsmen and items entrusted to our workshop are handled with the highest care. The repair processes recommended for any item are selected to suit the nature of the leather or material, the structure and condition of the item.
Evans cannot assume responsibility for the inherent weakness of, or defects in the leather or materials that are not readily apparent prior to processing. This includes dyeing jobs where the finish will be highly dependent on the quality and condition of the leather.
Evans will not be held responsible for any of the following processes:
While we strive to restore items to their original state, it is not always possible to return items to factory condition. Our goal is therefore to restore items to the best condition possible. In addition, some materials and hardware are proprietary of certain brands and there are regulations against using these materials for our repairs. In such cases materials and hardware will be substituted with suitable replacements of similar quality and aesthetics.
The prices listed on the Evans website are to be used as a guide only. We make every attempt to be consistent with our pricing and to provide transperent information regarding our repair processes. Due to the diversity of leather goods and variety of possible services available, prices are always subject to change and we are under no obligation to match the prices listed on our website. If an item is misquoted, we reserve the right to modify the price, and in our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order placed for that item at the incorrect price.
If you decide to send us an order via post or courier, ensure that your items are packed securely. We cannot assume any responsibility for damage that occurs during transit and any transport services are to be used at your own risk. Please check with your shipping provider for more information regarding insurance policies and guarantees.
It is highly recommended that customers inspect items carefully upon completion of their order. Please notify Evans customer support within 24 hours of any complaints, concerns or queries regarding the item. All repairs left with Evans, unless otherwise specified, are subject to a workmanship guarantee for a period of three months following completion of the order.
Our workmanship guarantee is subject to the following conditions.
All returned items are put through a number of inspection checks. If the returned item satisfies our criteria, it will be processed as a new order and finished according to the original job description. Failure to meet any of the above criteria may result in the workmanship guarantee being declared void and being removed from that particular item.
After placing an order with Evans, there is a possibility that we will send you communications regarding our services and products. By using our services, you agree to receive such communications from us. We will give you opportunity to opt out of receiving these promotional emails by following the opt out instructions provided in such messages. We also use emails for non-commercial purposes. These emails provide important information such as repair details, copies of receipts and order status updates.
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From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will use for these new purposes only, data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.
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