Women’s Shoes

Repairs & Alterations

Servicing stiletto heels to fashionable ankle and calve-length boots. We repair heels, cover or completely replace heel pieces, adjust elastics, straps, resize shoes or modify boot calves, add protective soles and replace soles with Italian leather or Vibram Rubber. We also specialise in restorative cleaning, colour refinishing and shoe dyeing to a custom sample.

Women’s Shoes

The front-portions of leather soles are highly prone to wear. Toe pieces are layers of leather used to build up the worn areas. A section of leather is measured and handcrafted to fit the toe-portions of the soles. The leather is lightly sanded, an adhesive is applied and the new toe pieces are attached. The soles are then smoothed and professionally finished with an edge dressing.

Protective soles are rubber layers affixed to the front-half of leather soles. The purpose of the rubber is to provide slip resistance, watertightness and preserve the leather. A section of colour-matched rubber is measured and handcrafted to the profile of the leather soles. The leather is lightly sanded, an adhesive is applied and the rubber is attached. The soles are then smoothed, and professionally finished with an edge dressing. If the soles have been worn in, they need to be built up with leather before protective soles can be applied.

Refers to shoes made with leather soles. A service is available to replace the soles with new half or full leather soles. A section of Italian leather is selected and handcrafted to match the profile of the original leather soles. The shoe cavities are opened and if required the welt is reinforced. An adhesive is applied and the new leather soles are attached to the uppers. The soles are then smoothed, waxed and professionally finished with an edge dressing.

Refers to shoes made with flat rubber soles that serve as both the sole and heel. A service is available to replace the rubber soles. A section of colour-matched Vibram rubber is selected to match the profile of the original soles. The rubber is lightly sanded and an adhesive is applied. The rubber is then attached to the uppers, the new soles are trimmed and smoothed.

The rubber tips attached to the ends of the heelpieces. When the tips show signs of wear, the rubber needs to be replaced. New rubber tips are selected to match the heelpieces. The tips are attached, smoothed and the heelpieces are professionally finished with a renovator to tidy up any scuffs, marks or imperfections.

Heels that show signs of instability or wobbliness need to be re-attached. The unstable heel is temporarily removed. The base of the shoe is lightly sanded and an adhesive is applied. The heel is re-aligned for balance and attached back to the upper.

Heelpieces are commonly made of plastic covered with leather. Cracked, broken or damaged heelpieces need to be completely replaced. New heelpieces are selected that match the profile of the original heels. A section of leather is measured and handcrafted to cover the new heelpieces, which are also refinished with colour. The heelpieces are then aligned for balance and attached back to the uppers.

The leather that covers the heelpieces is prone to scuffs, marks and tears. A heel re-covering service is available to replace the worn leather. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the heelpieces. Types of coverings include patent, suede, reptile or smooth leathers. The leather covering is then attached to the heelpieces and often refinished with colour.

A severely worn or deteriorated strap often requires complete replacement. A section of leather measured and handcrafted to match the profile of the original strap. A piece of material is positioned between the leather for support, the edges are scythed and stitched together. The new strap is refinished with colour before being attached back to the shoe.

The leather inserts fixed to the base of shoes. Insoles are susceptible to deterioration over time and require replacement. A section of colour matched leather and rubber are measured and handcrafted to the profile of the original insoles. The rubber acts as the cushion for the insoles while the leather is used as the covering. The new insoles are fitted and attached to the base of the shoes.

Worn or damaged elastics often require replacement. Types of elastics may include straps, leather covered or slingback elastics and the elastics commonly used for boot gussets. A section of matching elastic is measured and handcrafted to the profile of the original material. The elastic is sometimes refinished with colour and then attached back to the shoe.

The layer of leather that spans the inside of shoes. The back lining is particularly prone to wear and tear, often requiring replacement. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original lining. The leather is then inserted and stitched from the inside of the shoes.

Replacing the zip provides the most effective solution to any zip-related issues. A new zip is selected that matches the profile of the original. The zip is fitted and stitched from the inside. Providing the slider is not damaged, it may be re-inserted onto the new track.

Damaged or lost hardware is replaced with high quality gold, silver or bronze metallic pieces. The new hardware is selected to match the design of the shoes. Examples may include eyelets, buckles and studs. In some cases, the hardware is sourced from our trusted suppliers.

Leather is a flexible material and can often be stretched or altered by hand. Mechanised equipment is used to stretch the width of shoes up to half a size larger. Alternatively, the shoes can be altered by hand to achieve a custom size.

Boot calves can be adjusted to fit comfortably. The calves are altered by hand to achieve a custom size. A fitting is conducted to find the ideal circumference of the leather. The seam on the back of the boots is opened and excess leather is either taken away or the calves are widened by adding matching leather. Alternatively, zips or elastics can be added to the calves for a wider fit.

The strap is altered by hand to achieve a custom length. A fitting is conducted find the ideal length of the strap. Excess leather is either taken away or the strap is lengthened with matching leather. The adjusted strap is then carefully re-attached to it's original position.

A service for changing the appearance of the shoes through covering with material. Ideally for special occasions, to match clothing or accessories. A section of material is selected that matches the desired look. The material is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the shoes. The shoes are disassembled and the material is attached to the shoes by hand. The amount of material required for this service is approximately half a metre.

A general clean, nourish and thorough polishing up for leather shoes. The shoe are cleaned of grime before colour-matched 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.

Various methods are used for stitching leather. These include machine stitching, hand stitching and stitching from inside the leather. Our industrial-grade stitching machines are used for straight seams. Hand stitching is often used for thicker leathers. Stitching from the inside the leather may be required for certain finishes.

A layer of supporting leather is used to patch any tears or holes in between the sole and upper of the shoe. A section of leather of is measured and handcrafted to match the size of the worn area. The new leather layer is then used to reinforce the shoe from the inside.

We attend to a variety of repairs that do not fit neatly into other categories.Examples may include attaching hardware, fixing zips, locks and small pins, replacing runners and sticking leather.

Cleaning, Refinishing & Dyeing

In addition to repairs and alterations, our specialists can perform leather restoration services.

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Evans Leather Repair
Shop 50 Royal Arcade,
150 Elizabeth St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000.

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Shop 50 Royal Arcade,
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Melbourne, VIC 3000