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As Cobblers Vanish, Shoe Repair Steps Online

As shoe repair industry shrinks, shops go online for remote customers

(Newser) - The shoe repair industry has shrunk drastically in the past decades, and what cobblers remain have taken to the Internet for customers. More than a million pairs are sold in the US each year, but there are only 7,000 repair businesses left, down from 120,000 80 years ago.... More »

Cobblers in Stitches Thanks to Recession

Dwindling trade gets boost as Americans pinch pennies

(Newser) - If this recession reaches Great Depression levels, there may not be enough cobblers to go around. There are only 7,000 of them left in the US—down from 120,000 in the 1920s—and their business is piling up faster than they can manage as strapped Americans repair shoes... More »

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