For the Media
The Shoe Service Institute of America is an authoritative source on the construction, repair and maintenance of footwear and leather goods, as well as shoe and leather care products. Its members are retail shoe repair operators, their wholesaler trading partners and suppliers that manufacture or import the products used and sold in shoe repair shops.
Founded in 1904, SSIA is committed to furthering the shoe repair industry by educating consumers about the physical, economic and environmental benefits of purchasing and maintaining quality footwear.
SSIA regularly works with members of the local and national media to provide timely, accurate information on the selection, care, maintenance and alteration of footwear and leather goods. If you have questions or would like to arrange an interview, contact:
Jim McFarland, C.Ped. – SSIA Historian
McFarland Shoe Repair
Jim McFarland owns and operates McFarland’s Shoe Repair in Lakeland, Fla. He is a certified pedorthist, a third generation craftsman and a member of SSIA’s board of directors. McFarland won the Grand Silver Cup in SSIA’s 2002 Silver Cup Contest. The cup has symbolized excellence in shoe repair craftsmanship for more than 50 years. He now serves as a judge for the contest.