Best of Boston

Best Shoe Repair

2017 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair

Stopping by this tiny garden-level shop feels like visiting your friendly but gruff grandfather’s house: Cobbler Mike Damirshian won’t hide his disappointment in your shoes’ […] read more»
2014 Best Shoe Repair

Alton Place Shoe Repair

An Armenian religious icon watches over Valeriy Gazaryan and his customers at Alton Place Shoe Repair, in Brookline, and indeed, his work seems to border […] read more»
2013 Best Shoe Repair

Rinaldi’s Park Square

One of the best things about Boston is its walkability. The downside, however, is our oft-abused footwear. So when the insoles of our beloved boots […] read more»
2012 Best Shoe Repair

Boston Instant Shoe Repair

After clomping around the city for a few years, our Italian-leather boots were in dire need of a makeover. “Oy. You must really love these,’ […] read more»
2011 Best Shoe Repair

Odessa Instant Shoe Repair

Our poor, overloved clogs—not much left of the heel but a few pieces of chewed-up yellow foam. Bracing for a lecture on proper shoe care, […] read more»
2010 Best Shoe Repair

Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair

When most shoe-mending outfits say “instant,” they mean “come back tomorrow” or “maybe next week.” But at Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair, a tiny stand […] read more»
2009 Best Shoe Repair

Savas Shoe Repair

While longtime sole man Arthur Savas might not, as one pal jokes affectionately, ‘win any personality contests,’ he is undoubtedly a shoe’s best friend: re-heeling, […] read more»
2005 Best Shoe Repair

Jazz Shoe Repair

Heels break. Toes scuff. Salt stains. Stop pouting—head instead to Jazz Shoe Repair, where owner Yuriy Arutyunov will fix and shine your shoes in his […] read more»
2004 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair

Ares has been resoling, reheeling, and repolishing Boston’s finest leather shoes for more than 70 years and will take extra special care of yours. The […] read more»
2003 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair

There are more than 70 shoe repair joints in Greater Boston; picking the finest involves a little legwork. Why this particular shop—and for a second […] read more»
2002 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair

Not since Beacon Hill was a colonial settlement has Charles Street produced a shop so obsessed with top-quality workmanship. The scents of oil and leather […] read more»
2001 Best Shoe Repair

Santacross Distinctive Shoe Service

Larger and cleaner than the average cobble shop, Santacross makes shoes better than new every time. No repair work—heel replacement, restitching, waterproofing—is beyond the ability […] read more»
2000 Best Shoe Repair

Alex’s Shoe Service

Been missing truly great customer service in your life? Here’s some advice: Take an old or broken pair of shoes to Alexander’s. This family-owned business […] read more»
1995 Best Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair

Boston streets are hell on heels. Case in point: the heel of a favorite Stephane Kelian pump, chewed by cobblestones. But Ares came to the […] read more»
1994 Best Shoe Repair

Rinaldi’s Shoe Repair

Several shops rejected our ripped Ferragamo pump as unsalvageable, but the guys at Rinaldi’s said, “We’ll do a good job.” And they did. read more»