The cobbling trade has been in my family for three generations. It all started with my grandfather who came from Slovenia and opened a full-service shoe repair shop and began making shoes in Seattle, Washington. My father was an apprentice in the shop for many years until my grandfather passed away. I eventually started to work with my father in the mid 80’s. My father was very much a perfectionist and would expect nothing less from me or his crew. I repaired everything from cowboy boots to ballet slippers.
The 90’s proved challenging for me; I discovered my addictive personality and needed a healthier addiction. I turned to running and hiking and really started to enjoy the outdoors. I became fascinated with Mount Rainier for some reason and decided I needed to climb it. I had never climbed a day in my life. I wanted to learn how to climb it, not be taken up by a guide, so I took the Seattle Mountaineers climbing course. By the end of summer I had climbed Rainier and also learned how to rock climb during the class. When people found out I was a cobbler, they would always ask me if I repaired climbing shoes. So, out of sheer curiosity, I started repairing climbing shoes.
I love what I do. I love the work, the foundation of recycling in a throwaway society, giving life back to somebody’s stinky old shoes they can’t live without, and most of all the climbing community. All this adds up to make me want to provide a quality service for you. My business has grown exponentially by word of mouth only, so I would like to think I’m doing something right. Send me your shoes and let me show you what I can do.