Best of Boston

2022 Best Shoe Repair

Beacon Hill Instant Shoe Repair

A Ukrainian immigrant who picked up the trade from his father, a cobbler in Odessa, Vadim Kotlyar knows his way around a pair of shoes — as evidenced by the work he did on our favorite pair of boots, brought back to life with a new heel and a lot of love. Bonus points for the lightning-fast turnaround (a few days for most jobs).

126 Bowdoin St., Boston, 617-367-0434,