Seattle >Repair Shops > Admiral Shoe Repair
4215 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811647.581070 -122.385813
Neighborhoods: North Admiral, West Seattle
He Took My Money And Ruined My Shoes – Becase of an injury, my right foot is almost a half size smaller than my left foot. I had a pair of canvass sling-back shoes that I took into him and asked him to adjust the RIGHT shoe by making the strap on shoe 1/4 inch smaller. He agreed to do it. I started to walk out of his shop with the left shoe, which fit fine. He stopped me asked me to leave BOTH shoes.
Today when I went in to ick up my shoes I discovered that he had made BOTH shoes smaller, but I didn't realize what he had done until after I paid him. Now my shoes are ruined and he didn't give me my money back.
Going to him for years. He's wonderful--Other repairs too – My wife and I have been going to the shop pretty much since it opened in 2002. We've always found him skilled, reasonable and honest. I wear mostly running shoes, so less need for repairs, but she's had all kinds of women's shoes repaired, including some stretched with no problem. (I've had a few boots stretched and repaired).
But we've also used him a lot for miscallaneous repairs and fixes, like when my cell phone holder kept falling off my belt and he sewed on velcro, or when he sewed velcro patches to my computer bag to make its pockets less prone to things falling out. Or when a piece of soft luggage ripped. So practically anything where his skills would apply.
SHOE REPAIR RACKET – I spent about 130 dollars to have my boots re-lined and re-soled. It would have been nice if the shoe "expert" would have told me that it would affect the size of the boot. THEN he charged me to stretch the boot. After that did not work, he wanted to charge me to stretch the boot the other way. This clown excelled at stretching my WALLET. If you are going there to find a tutor in English, that is not a great idea, either.
Experienced Cobbler, Great Service – I own a pair of boots that had worn soles and heals, but were otherwise in great shape. I discovered that my model of boot had been discontinued and I hate to waste things, so I took my wife's suggestion to take my boots to a shoe repair shop. I decided a local shop should get my business, so I Googled "shoe repair west seattle". One of the top hits was Admiral Shoe Repair; this shop seemed to get high marks for service, so I tried them out.
The shop is packed with new shoe parts stacked in every nook and cranny, and the gentleman behind the counter looks the part: apron and jacket on, sitting over an old industrial sewing machine, carefully sewing the soles on a pair of loafers. This is a true mom and pop shop. The people are friendly and knowledgeable, the service is fast and the repairs are excellent. And if you need laces, this place seems to have more kinds than you would ever need.
I'm enjoying my repaired boots and will continue to use this shop. I like the idea of supporting my local businesses while reducing waste by repairing my boots/shoes instead of discarding them and getting replacements. The price of their service seems reasonable (it cost $65.00 to have my boots re-soled. Originally the boots were $225.00 new). The boots are as good as new, and should last me another 2-3 years.
If you need a cobbler in West Seattle, give Admiral Shoe repair a try. These folks are friendly, fast and experts in shoe repair.
Stepped up to the challenge – I needed two pairs of leather flip flops repaired. When searching for a shoe repair shop, I was told multiple times that it wasn't possible to repair the damage. The owner of Admiral Shoe Repair stepped up to the challenge and fixed my shoes for me. I am pleased with the work. And, though the repairs were pricey, they were worth having my favorite sandals back.
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