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It's no secret that women feel sentimental attachments to their shoes, especially the staple pairs that have been go-tos for years (and not to mention ones that cost a small fortune). This can make a broken heel or a worn-out sole quite heartbreaking. If you have a sad shoe situation of your own, don't fret: We've tracked down a handful of shoe docs and got them to name their price points for all sorts of basic repairs.
From master cobbler Pasquale Shoe Repair, whose owner mended Dorothy's famed "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers to Willie's Shoe Service, a spot that boasts decades of experience to the third-generation cobbler and owner of Eddie's Shoe Repair, here are trusted artisans to breathe life back into those stilettos—and a tally of just how much four common shoe services will run you at each.—Jessica Estrada
1. What's the price to replace the tap (on the bottom of a heel)?
Progressive Shoe Shop (9418 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills):
Country Mart Shoe Repair (225 26th St, Santa Monica): $14-$24
Willie's Shoe Service (113 N La Brea Ave, Fairfax): $14
El Sereno Shoe Repair (4993 Huntington Dr N, El Serano): $4.50-$7.50
Village Cobbler (3345 S Hoover St, South LA): $8.95-$16.50
Pasquale Shoe Repair (5616 San Vicente Blvd, Mid-Wilshire): $10-$25
Eddie's Shoe Repair (13716 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks): $10-$15
2. To stretch a pair of ankle boots?
Progressive Shoe Shop: $14-$24
Country Mart Shoe Repair: $10-$12
Willie's Shoe Service: $18-$36
El Sereno Shoe Repair: $4.50
Village Cobbler: $6-$12
Pasquale Shoe Repair: $14 or $19 to stretch foot or ankle part, respectively
Eddie's Shoe Repair: $10-$14
3. To replace the sole of a flat pair of shoes?
Progressive Shoe Shop: $45
Country Mart Shoe Repair: $39 and up
Willie's Shoe Service: $35 for a sole protector or $125 for an entire sole replacement
El Sereno Shoe Repair: $32-$70
Village Cobbler: $26
Pasquale Shoe Repair: $50
Eddie's Shoe Repair: $25
4. To shorten the heels on a pair of pumps by 1/4 to 1/2 an inch?
Progressive Shoe Shop: $35
Country Mart Shoe Repair: $20-$22
Willie's Shoe Service: $34
El Sereno Shoe Repair: $6-$9
Village Cobbler: $10
Pasquale Shoe Repair: $14-$18
Eddie's Shoe Repair: $15-$18
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