15 responses to Amish Shoe Store

  • Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 06:56)

    I love the smell of leather in the morning........

    Morning Erik and call me crazy but when i say go into a store like this that works with leather, i enjoy the smells of all that leather when i first walk in. Sort of like a new car smell that some people like, so i great post for this Monday! Richard

  • Marilyn from NY
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 07:07)

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    I love the smell of leather when I go into a store, too. There is just something about it. Where in Clyde is is the shoe store? I don’t live to far from Clyde. I wonder if they repair shoes, too?

    • Tom
      Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:29)

      Sam Miller’s shoe shop is east off route 414 on Clyde Hunt Corner Road just north of Clyde NY. There is a sign at the corner and the shop is on the right hand side of the road (first Amish place).

  • Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 07:45)


    Marilyn, the sign says “Shoe Repair and Sales” so my guess is they repair too. I wish the old shoe cobbler here did not go out of business, I have several I would rather repair than throw out. But it seems the secular world is very much a “throw away” society. Seems we find it easier to throw things away rather than do regular maintenance and repair.

    I agree with the smell of leather, and other smells for that matter. They just give us a warm fuzzy when we smell them.

    Thanks Tom for all your wonderful pictures recently, I have truly enjoyed the posts!!

    Blessings, Alice

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  • Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 08:37)


    No shoes needed my feet feel better already.

  • Marilyn from NY
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 08:37)

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    Hello Alice,
    You are right, I should have read that sign better. I remember when I was a kid we use to have a shoe repairman in town. When you shoes got down-you took them to him. When he retired we had to go a couple of towns over. Now you can’t find a shoe repairman anywhere. With the cost of shoes today, especially if you like them, it would be nice to be able to take them and have them repaired. I may take a run up to Clyde and see if I can find him.

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  • Lee Ann
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 08:59)

    I still use a cobbler to repair shoes. Also he will stretch shoes for me to fit better, due to a bunion on my toe. He will sit and chat with me a bit when I try the shoes on. He also loves to tease.

    Will always use a cobbler when I need one. I surprised my husband while dating and grabbed a pair of his favorite shoes, without his knowing and had new heels but on them. He sure was happy with that. Always best to repair a favorite pair of shoes than to throw them out.

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  • Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 09:25)


    I finally upgraded my running shoes and have actually been using them as daily walkers lately. What a difference a good spongy sole makes. With running shoes you’re supposed to get new ones sth like every 400-600 miles depending on the model. I think I put a little more than that on my last pair :)

    I literally feel like I have more energy at the end of the day (do a good bit of walking in PL with no car) and my heels are practically singing.

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  • OldKat
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 09:41)

    The smell of leather

    When I was a high school kid I worked in a feed store. Located in the same building was a saddle shop. Red, the saddlesmith, repaired leather items (except footwear) and he also made custom belts, saddles and other leather items. I absolutely LOVED the smell of that shop. My boss had to come get me more than once because I went to visit with Red and couldn’t pull myself away.

    I sure wish that old man was still with us. One of my prized possessions is a 1928 model stock saddle that he restored in 1972. He basically rebuilt the whole saddle and then the customer wouldn’t pay for the repairs. My high school sweetheart bought it for me for a graduation present. The total including tax and all was a little over $40.0 dollars! They get twice that much just to clean and oil a saddle today.

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  • Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:09)

    Shoe leather

    Hmmm. After reading these posts (as usual, good topic, nice photos!), I got to thinking that maybe there are fewer shoe repair people because we’re such a sedentary society—we don’t walk enough to wear down the shoe leather! Actually, I’d like to hear from a modern-day shoe repair-er as to just what CAN be repaired on today’s shoes? You can spend $150+ on a good pair of athletic shoes, but they’re made of so many materials (it seems), I’m not sure what a shoe repair person COULD replace. I don’t know how much leather is actually in shoes anymore—I see fabric, and of course vinyl (or whatever!)…

    That being said, now that the weather is suddenly (so obscenely) warm, I really ought to start walking again, after supper. (I’d like to go shoeless but being Diabetic it’s a no-no.)

    Alice Mary

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    • Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:24)

      Good question Alice Mary. I was amazed when picking up some of the running shoes while in the store recently, they were so light they felt like they were molded from styrofoam peanuts. It doesn’t seem there’d be much “there” there to repair. Not bad for a $100+ price tag.

  • Matt from CT
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:16)

    >Where Amish re-boot.

    Erik, that joke is a sure sign you’ve been hanging out with the Amish or eight year olds far too long.

    Of course, the computer term reboot does trace it’s origin back through some metaphors and phrases of speech back to the boot straps used by someone to pull on their own boots!

    • Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:20)

      I can’t help myself at this point Matt!

      Interesting, had no idea of the origin of that term. I would think it maybe evolved from kicking the frozen computer in anger, and when that form of booting didn’t work, you try something more constructive :)

  • Matt from CT
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 10:21)


    Another issue with “real” shoes today is the declining quality of leather.

    I’ve read about this with harness makers.

    As most of our beef nowadays grows up fast in feedlots, they don’t develop the same quality hide that they used to when they lived a year or two longer and stayed out on the range. I’m guessing it’s like a lot of body parts, there is a prime age when you’re not too young and still growing, and not too old and declining (kind of like a young man around age 24 or a dog around the age of 3).

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  • Elizabeth Snoke
    Comment on Amish Shoe Store (March 19th, 2012 at 22:52)

    Sure wish there were more shoe repair places. I think an Amish family that repairs shoes, sells quilts and so on could do very very well here in Tucson. There used to be 2 shoe repair places near where I live in Tucson (in last 5 years or so). One was run by old fellow who passed on. The other was opened by Australian brothers and they got a lot of business but didn’t make it. They repaired (resoled) a pair of shoes for me.

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