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Here are the results from this year's contests.

Grand Silver Cup

Robert DiRinaldo Grand Silver Cup
Glenn DiMauro
The Italian Cobbler
Westlake, OH

Gold Awards
Billy McCabe
McCabe's Custom Leather & Shoe Repair
Altoona, PA

Ronald Nijdam
Quick Cobbler
Vancouver, BC

Silver Awards
Steve Doudaklian
Bedo's Leatherworks
Falls Church, VA

Tom Hiers
Country Cobbler Shoe Repair
Cornelia, GA

Tony Piccoli
Cobbler's Corner
Northville, MI

Bronze Awards
Rachel Drumheller
Fast Feet
Wilmington, DE

Rubén Espinoza
Columbus Park Shoe Service
New York, NY

World Cup
Al King
The Menders
Crewkerne, UK

Gold Award
Peter Holmér
Backman's Skoservice AB
Stockholm, Sweden

Silver Awards
Steve Doudaklian
Bedo's Leatherworks
Falls Church, VA

Raul Guayta
Master Shoe Repair
Rockville, MD

Eddie Welkamp
The Netherlands

Bronze Award
Don Myers
New Shoes
Tigard, OR

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Invest in Shoe Repair


National Shoe Repair Awareness Week: Oct. 10-14

National Shoe Repair Awareness Week was created by a congressional proclamation in 1994 for the purpose of educating consumers about the economic, environmental and physical benefits of shoe repair, as well as the breadth of services offered by shoe repair shops. It is celebrated the second full week of October each year.

This site contains tools and tips to help you promote National Shoe Repair Awareness Week in your shop. SSIA has authored a press release, designed a bag stuffer, created a poster, designed a Facebook header graphic and gathered information on how to effectively used these items.

SSIA members click here for promotional materials.

Promotional Posters for SSIA Members

SSIA has designed posters for you to use in your shop based on the theme, "Shoe Repair: It's More Than You Think." Artwork is 24 x 36 inches and can be handed to Staples, Fedex Office or similar companies as is to produce your posters. It can also be uploaded through their online systems if you prefer.

Posters are available to SSIA members. Click here to download them. (Note: You will need your SSIA user id and password.)

SSIA Shirts/Aprons Available for Purchase

SSIA t-shirts and aprons are now available for purchase. We are selling black shirts for men and pink shirts for ladies, along with black aprons.  DETAILS

Download the Latest Newsletter

Check out the Fall 2016 edition of SSIA's new newsletter.  DETAILS 

What Shoe Repair Shops Do

In addition to replacing soles and heels, here are some other footwear-related services you can find at your local shoe repair shop.

  • Shoes can be stretched for increased comfort.

  • Shoes can be adapted to fit unique feet.

  • Shoes can be professionally waterproofed to protect from salt stains.

  • Heel tips can be changed from hard to non-skid rubber.

  • Heel savers can be applied to prolong the life of the heel.

  • Protective soles can be applied to prolong the life of the leather soles.

  • Eyelets and other hardware can be replaced.



Thank You Sponsors

Thank you to the following companies who sponsored SSIA's 112th Annual Convention in Kansas City. Your support made the event a great success.

Gold Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors


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