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Shoe repairer

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Shoe repairers mend footwear, and items like belts and bags.

Average salary (a year)

£14,500 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

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How to become a shoe repairer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


The following apprenticeship may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 2 apprenticeship in Footwear manufacture

    Entry requirements

    You'll usually need:

    • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

    More Information

    Direct Application

    You could apply directly for a job as a trainee with a shoe repair company.

    Some employers may give you a short assessment to test your English, basic maths and practical skills.

    What it takes

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    What it takes

    Skills and knowledge

    You'll need:

    • the ability to work well with your hands
    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • customer service skills
    • the ability to work well with others
    • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
    • ambition and a desire to succeed
    • persistence and determination
    • the ability to use your initiative
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    What you’ll do

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    What you'll do

    Day-to-day tasks

    You could:

    • greet customers and price up work to be done
    • replace worn out soles and heels
    • carry out more complicated repairs, like renew stitching and welts
    • build up soles and heels
    • clean, polish, dye or stain shoes
    • replace buckles, laces, zips or straps
    • maintain equipment, sharpen cutting tools and service machinery
    • sell items and take cash and card payments

    Working environment

    You could work at a store.

    Your working environment may be noisy, dirty and dusty.

    You may need to wear protective clothing.

    Career path and progression

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    Career path and progression

    If you’re working for a large company, once you have experience you could progress into a management position.

    With experience and financial backing, you could set up your own retail business.

    You could also work in a high quality shoe-making factory.

    Current opportunities

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    Current opportunities

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