Ok, here goes. Here are the 3 fool-proof tips you need to know when hiring a shoe cobbler.
1) Does the cobbler's shop look like it has been in business for more than 100 years?
2) Does the hunched over man behind the counter have white hair and look like he has been working in the shop for 150 years?
3) Are the cobbler's hands nubbed to the bone and blackened past his wrists?
If you answered yes to all three of these questions then you found yourself a damn good cobbler and you should do everything in your power to keep this man and his family in business. They are a dying breed to be treasured. And I fear most won't take notice until the best are gone...