Shrewsbury shoe repairman steps into new shop

A shoe repairman and key cutter is celebrating 36 years in the industry with a move to new premises.

Shaun Walton
Shaun Walton

Walton's Shoe Repairs in Shrewsbury, run by Shaun Walton, has moved from Pride Hill to Roushill Bank.

Shaun, who has worked in the industry since 1985, attained his City & Guilds qualification in 1990 following a five-year apprenticeship.

In an ironic twist, his new shop is next door to where well-known shoe repairer John Homden was previously located.

Key cutting, fitting new watch batteries, repairing soles, heels, boot zips, adapting footwear for people with disabilities, and selling shoelaces, insoles and other accessories are all part of the offering from Shaun.

The business will now provide a weekly dry-cleaning service.

Contemplating on how things have changed during his time in the industry, and as one in only a handful of independent shoe repairers now left in Shropshire, Shaun said: “Although the materials have evolved, such as the introduction of plastic and rubber soles and new glues, the skills and tools for doing the job, which I’ve adapted and applied to some strange requests during my time in the profession, have stayed the same.

"In recent years I’ve been asked to re-stitch a bra and even grind down a set of ill-fitting dentures!"

He added: “Lockdown has been tough on retail in Shrewsbury, so I’m really looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to the Roushill Bank shop, and in so doing help to bolster town centre trade.”

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