I have often been underwhelmed by the results of repairs from my local cobblers. This frustration and my own exacting standards have led me to get hold of the materials necessary to undertake my own repairs to see just how difficult it is. Now before I go any further, I would not consider doing my own repairs on an expensive pair of shoes. I have had the good fortune to 'practice' on several pairs of my friend's shoes who were happy to take the risk for some free repairs. Finally, I decided to replace a heel and add an additional half sole to a pair of my own Loakes: Whilst I do not think I can compete with a quailty repairer, It was not too difficult to complete this task with only minimal experience and tools.