How to become a shoe repairer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in fashion and textiles footwear.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • replacing worn out soles and heels
  • carrying out more complicated repairs, like renew stitching and welts
  • building up soles and heels
  • cleaning, polishing, dying or staining shoes
  • replacing buckles, laces, zips or straps
  • maintaining equipment, sharpening cutting tools and servicing machinery

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

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

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a shoe repairer right now.

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Courses In England

Footwear Foundation Degree

  • Start date: 23 September 2021
  • Location: Leicester

Jobs In the United Kingdom

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