the 2008 Silver Cup Contest
Dana Huval, Huval's Boot and Shoe Repair,
In 1938, Eugene Melvin Goodwin won the
first Silver Cup Contest. The contest was created to recognize
excellence in this industry and to bring a better recognition to the
industry. Past contests have had as many as 35 categories of
Today, 70 years later, the contest has
scaled down and you only need two pairs of shoes to enter. Both pairs
need one shoe to stay original (never repaired). The remaining shoe from
one pair is to be repaired with a full sole and heel. The shoe from the
second pair gets a half sole and heel.
Thanks to our sponsors, prize money was
also added as an incentive for repairers to enter. Our Silver Cup winner
will receive $1,000. Second place will receive $ 300 and third place
will get $ 200 along with individual plaques. Five other repairers will
receive certificates for their nice work.
Don Rinaldi of Petronio Shoe Products hosted the judging of the shoes
again this year. A huge thanks also goes to Erika, Petronio’s office
manager. She and Don set up a special table, covered it with a red table
cloth, used latex gloves and carefully unpacked each pair of shoes. As
the shoes were placed on the table, Erika and Don were extra careful not
to scratch the bottoms of the shoes The shoes were numbered and a tally
sheet was created with the repairer, shop name and number assigned to
the shoes. This sheet was placed in Petronio’s safe before the judges
On Friday of the judging, Don was the
personal taxi service from the airport to Petronio for all three judges.
He took them to get a sneak peek of the contest shoes, off to supper and
finally dropped them off at the hotel for a goods night’s rest before
the judging that was held all day Saturday. Bright and early Don picked
them up and treated them to breakfast at the Nultey Diner. They put in a
full day at Petronio for judging starting at 9 a.m. and finishing around
The judges said they found uneven, wavy and rough sole edges to be the
most common challenge for repairers. Bottom-finish problems came in a
close second. This caused repairers to receive lower scores.
Interestingly, when asked 20 years ago, the most common problem judges
spoke about was putting on the new sole in such a way that it made the
shoe too narrow and too long. Therefore, it no longer matched the
Although Petronio had hosted the judging before, this was the first time
Don got so involved in the judging. He was amazed by the time and effort
each judge took scoring all of the categories used for these shoes.
Considerable time and effort were involved, including detailed
discussions between the judges during this process. Shoes were divided
into two groups, good jobs and great jobs. The judges even went so far
at to show him the difference between the good and great shoes.
As if the judges had not been treated like kings already, Don took them
to Little Italy for Dinner and Ferrara’s for coffee and dessert. He then
took them for a quick tour around the Big Apple before taking them back
to the hotel just around midnight.
Our judges were Robert DiRinaldo, 1987 Silver Cup Winner and 2004 100
year Grand Silver Cup Winner; Jim McFarland, 2002 Silver Cup Winner and
Larry Schupbach 2003 Silver Cup Winner.
We are grateful to Don, Robert, Jim and Larry for giving up a weekend to
judge this year's Silver Cup Contest. With their combined years of
experience in this industry, they certainly know good repair jobs
compared to great repair jobs.
Although the winners will be announced at the Silver Cup Brunch on
Saturday, July 19, these are the repairers and their shops that will be
receiving awards and certificates. Please note they are listed in
Kim Chang – Tip Top
Shoe Service, San Francisco CA
Tom Heirs – Country
Cobbler, Cornelia Georgia
Peter Holmer -
Bäckmans Skoservice AB, Stockholm Sweden
Randolph Logan – Logan
Magic Shoe Care, Knoxville Tennessee
Wilfred Lopez – Best
Foot Forward, Arlington Virginia
Javier Melgoza –
Oakdake Shoe Repair, Oakdale California
Ronald Nijdam – Quick
Cobbler Limited, Vancouver BC
Ray Torcaso – Torcaso
Shoe Repair, Lake Geneva and Kenosha Wisconsin
Congratulations to the winners of this
This contest could not take place without the support of the Silver Cup
Sponsors. This years we had six sponsors that included Vibram, Guard,
Petronio, Soletech, Foam Tex and Topy SA.
Vibram has been sponsoring this event for
well over 30 years because it recognizes excellence on craftsmanship. It
will also give the winner an outstanding means to promote their
business. And best of all Vibram is a brand which represents the highest
quality. Working with the Silver Cup, where the best is acknowledged, it
is a natural fit for Vibram.
Guard has been a sponsor for well over 20
years. Guard participates because it provides peer recognition among a
group of highly skilled craftsmen. They continue to encourage our
craftsmen to participate and enter.
Petronio has stayed involved to promote
the shoe repair industry and to get our repairers excited and energized.
The contest is good for the repairer, the wholesaler and the supplier.
Soletech has been a sponsor for many years
and fully supports the contest because it is a test of the best
For the past few years Foam Tex has wanted
to be a sponsor because it helps the SSIA promote excellence.
Topy, as a supplier of high quality rubber for the shoe repairer, is
proud to be associated with the best craftsmen in their business.
Please remember to thank the judges and
sponsors for our Silver Cup competition.
Hope you’re a winner in the next Silver