1. Most Reliable Cobbler
Mirrco Shoe & Handbag Repair Service (Update as of April 2015: They don’t repair shoes anymore, only luggages. Sob. If you’re looking for one in the Bugis area, there’s a street cobbler near the temples behind Fortune Centre. According to our sources, he’s usually there from 9am – 6pm daily.)
Location: 135 Middle Road, Bylands Building#01-09, Singapore 188975
Tel: 6339 7316
Operating hours: Mon to Fri: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Average Rate: Shoe heel: $7-$25; Shoe stitching: $15-$25 (Prices are for both men and ladies shoes)
You know you can trust a cobbler with your footwear when they’ve appeared on television and in numerous newspapers since the 1990s. Mirrco’s services range from small repairs like zipper replacements, to bigger ones like heel or complete sole replacement. Considering the extreme makeover your shoe will go through, their prices are pretty reasonable.
2. Best Cobbler for Designer Shoes
Master Fix Services (Updated April 2015)
Location: Paragon#B1-19A , 290 Orchard Road S238859 and ION Orchard #04-17, 2 Orchard Turn S238801
Tel: 6734 0204 (Paragon), 6509 9679 (ION Orchard)
Operating hours: Open daily: 10:00 am to 9.30 pm
Average Rate: Shoe stitching: $5-$25 Shoe heel: $7-$25 Sole replacement: $20-$45
Recommended by ladies (y’know how credible we lot are) who’ve tried and tested numerous cobblers in the market, Master-Fix has garnered high praises for its range of services. They are particularly known for their excellent workmanship and materials that cater specially to designer shoes. We hear local designer boutiques send customers looking for a shoe fix to Master-Fix, so you know your designer babies are safe with these guys. And according to our insider sources, they have a red rubber sole that is perfect for protecting your Christian Louboutins.
3. Most Convenient Cobbler
Location: Tanglin Mall #B1-09, Great World City B1-12B and other locations island-wide.
Tel: 6336 1138 (Tanglin), 6235 7910 (Great World City)
Operating hours: Varies depending on the mall it is situated in. Call in advance to be sure.
Average Rate: Shoe stitching: $25-$35; Shoe heel: $11.50-$50; Sole replacement: $20.50-$72
With branches in (almost) every part of Singapore, your shoe quick-fix is just a stone’s throw away. The craftsmanship is acceptable, but it varies depending on the outlet you visit.
4. Best Cobbler on a Budget
Locations: Chinatown MRT (near Exit C), People’s Park Complex, Yishun Bus Interchange (next to Old Chang Kee)
Operating hours: 9am-6pm (Chinatown MRT), 8am-6pm (People’s Park Complex), 1pm-12am (Yishun Bus Interchange)
Average Rate: Ranges from $2-$40 for repairs
You know you’ll get a good deal when you come across your friendly neighbourhood ahpek cobbler with his stool and cart in tow. You can count on them for a quick and relatively cheap fix. Check out the ones at China Town MRT, People’s Park Complex and Yishun Bus Interchange – they’re not only quick and cheap, but skilled too.