BREAKING: Superior Shoes Is Closing; Philly Shoe-Lovers Freak Out

The saver of soles pushed out of its 15th Street location.


Where soles are saved. |Photo via Google Maps.

Bad news for the Philadelphians who’ve relied on Superior Shoe Repair to fix their fanciest footwear: the shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Owner Won Song confirmed this afternoon that he would be closing up shop on December 31st. He told me over the phone that the building (1501-1505 Walnut Street) has been sold and all existing businesses were given two months’ notice to vacate. The building was bought by PREIT (who, it should be noted, also own the Club Monaco property located just next door).

This isn’t the first shoe repair shop to close unceremoniously. In August, Liberty Shoe Repair closed without warning; 35 pairs of shoes went missing.

In this case, at least you have a warning, and a time-frame: You’ve got just under two weeks to drop off your most precious pairs. Song told me he’s looking for another space, preferably in Rittenhouse, but Superior customers might have to wait for a while. “I’m so tired. I’ve been here 32 years,” Song said. “I have a headache.” In the meantime, try Villa’s Shoe Repair at266 19th Street.