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Corey Hiltz - cobbler in Barrie Ontario - Fix em up shoe repair

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Today I finally made it to see Corey Hiltz, one of our esteemed local Canadian cobblers.

So I live in Mississauga (population 600,000+) and work in Toronto (largest city in Canada). There is not a single reputable cobbler in those 2 cities who can fully recraft dress shoes with JR soles.

The few cobblers I have spoken to, have either never heard of JR, or don't use JR, because their clientele don't ask for it.

My online research lead me to Shoe Service Institute of America (https://www.ssia.info/). As I understand it, they are the cobblers association. I found a few local Canadian cobblers won awards for their work, and who use JR soles.

Corey Hiltz is based in Barrie, and I go there for work from time to time. We had chatted on facebook previously, and I decided to take the plunge. It was kind of like a first date. What should I wear? Will he like me? Will he accept my shoes for recraft? Gotta impress!

After I finished my business related visit, I went to pay Corey a visit. Corey is the owner/operator of https://www.fix-em-up.com/, which also has a facebook page.

I took up about an hour of Corey's time. He evaluated my shoes and gave his opinion. 2 pairs of vintage Florsheim PTBs. I wore the black 92611's yesterday. Perfect fit. Soles in great condition. But the v-cleat heels.... oh man. They need to be replaced by rubber. I also asked for a topy of sorts. Corey showed me his stock, and recommended the Crespino brand (by SVIG). Thinner but gives better traction than topy (Corey's opinion). Full rubber SVIG heels will be used.

The brown pair of PTBs needed a full recraft. The vamp and toe box area are a tad tight. Toe of soles worn away. And of course, heels are grinded down so that the v-cleat is like a pair of skates.

Corey recommended I go with his house leather, when I originally asked about JR. I compared the two myself, and it was my view that the JR soles were just a little more flexible. Despite the premium price, and against Corey's advice, I opted for the JR soles, SVIG heels, and a Crespino cover as well.

Corey shared with me his journey as a cobbler, and I learned a lot from a man who was both nice, and clearly knowledgeable about his art. Indeed, cobbling is a craft. I lamented that I'm not good with my hands, or otherwise would seek an apprenticeship to join his field.

I look forward to receiving the final products.

I encourage all of you to use local cobblers, as opposed to returning your footwear to the manufacturer for recrafts. Of course, our favourite vintage shoes wouldn't have that option. Wonder if Hanover left their phone line running...

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Thanks for all of your research and write ups. Helpful to all Canadians who love our shoes!
 

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But first and foremost, I'm committed to trying and promoting Canadian cobblers.
 

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Received final products. Corey recently received silver medal at the SSIA competition. He is the 5th Canadian cobbler to medal!

The black Florsheims - new heels and topy. Everything flush and lined up.

Brown Florsheim - full recraft with JR soles and topy. Everything flush and lined up as well. Corey hit most of the original holes in the welt.

Excellent work and a great guy to deal with. I bought a pair of shoes from him, and left another 2 pairs for him to fix up.

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The full rebuild.

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Corey's pics during the process.

Cork was stripped and replaced. The original shank was kept as it was fibre glass.

Old stitches were removed and new stitching applied.

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A pair of John McHales in their iconic colour with new heels, topy, and toe plates.
Everything is flush and invisible from the side views.
 

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My next project for Corey, a pair of Florsheim 97626 shell cordovans.

I will be asking for JR soles, rubber heels, grommets, and metal toe taps.

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Lovely work and very good of you to share the experience- I’ve been looking for the same in Toronto for some time. Can you summarize the costs?
 

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Lovely work and very good of you to share the experience- I’ve been looking for the same in Toronto for some time. Can you summarize the costs?
Different cobblers charge differently.

Topy (rubber protector piece) and new rubber heels run around 80-100 for a pair.

JR soles full recraft runs 150-180 from my experience.

In Toronto, I would only trust Bay Bloor Shoe Repair. I reviewed them in the Toronto cobbler thread.

Personally, I prefer to mail my shoes out to cobblers I really like. The ones I like, are award winning in competitions with other cobblers worldwide.

Plus they can do the work I want, which is full rebuild with upgraded parts.

What are you looking to do? I'd be happy to give specific referrals for cobblers in Canada (Barrie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, London, and Vancouver).
 

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