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News 8 Eye Piece: Shoe Repair

News 8 Eye Piece: If The Shoe Fits

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The art of leather shoemaking has been around since the early 1600's and is still practiced today.

In this week's Eye Piece, photographer Alex Costello takes us to one local shop to get a closer look at the craft.  

"You can look at a pair of shoes and see, you know, what it's been through. Mostly old style shoes are probably the best quality because of the way they are made," said Dan Grogan, owner of Dan's Shoe Repair on 5th Avenue in downtown La Crosse.

"Probably save millions of shoes from the landfill every year.'

"There's definitely a different frequency to walking into a shoe shop with leather and rubber and the glue that we use. Put a couple of coats. Everything is pretty specialized. A lot of this is factory machines and they have stopped making production, they don't make them anymore."

"It is definitely an old time service, an old time custom or art if you will. Because if the shoe fits, repair it."


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