Independent businesses offer many services you cannot find elsewhere. Wizard Shoe Repairs and Key Cutters on Flixton Road is a delightful little cavern offering – unsurprisingly – shoe repairs and key cutting. My husband had his shoes resoled there this week and not only was the job completed skillfully and efficiently, it was as cheap as chips and certainly far cheaper than the big shoe repairing chains.
Shoe repairing is one of those quaint, almost-forgotten services our throwaway society disregards, but if you care about the environment you need to think twice before flinging away your down-at-heel stilettos. Well-informed people know that if the United Nations is to be believed – and it is – we are headed for environmental hell in a flimsily-made plastic handcart unless we begin to seriously conserve resources. The manufacture of shoe leather is horribly polluting and it’s very hard to find ethically-made shoes (i.e. sweat-shop and/ or child-labour free).
What’s more, if you’re feeling whimsical you can imagine shoe-repairing elves springing out from under the counter and performing their magic. If that doesn’t put a spring in your step as you skip down the road in your revamped footwear, nothing will.