Pulse: Style: Low Down: Mr. Fix-Its
» Carman’s Shoe Repair
(8111 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill; 215-247-7706). Carman Jr. is now running the show at this 60-year institution, where you’ll find trusted fixes for shoes, belts, bags and more — even saddles don’t faze them. Also go here for those pesky fit problems; they sell a variety of insoles and specialty shoes, and their I-Step machine analyzes foot size and pressure points for orthotics made on-site (for $59.95).
» ArtCraft Shoe Service
(4 McCready Alley, Lambertville; 609-397-4844). Now based in Lambertville, Schmitz’s shop is a bustling one-man operation known for customizing equestrian boots (adding a zipper usually costs $150) and great basic repairs (new soles for a pair of women’s shoes cost around $28).
» Superior Shoe Repair
(138 South 15th Street; 215-972-9680). Their reputation is built on great service — and speed, with most jobs wrapped up in one day. Customers trust owner Won Song with their Gucci and Vuitton shoes and bags, and he keeps prices reasonable (a set of women’s heel replacements costs as little as $7) despite the designer focus.