I purchased some great
walking sandals in Panajachel,
Guatemala, and they were a good price. But by the time I got to Chiang Mai,
they had broken down.
Street side shoe repair
First it was
my bag in need of repair in Saigon,
it's my shoes.
From being in Chiang Mai many times before I remembered this shoe
repair guy near Chiang Mai Gate. But that was eight years ago! Was he still
there? What were the chances?
He was in full operation!
Obviously he was and after taking one look at my shoe he said
"glue no good, I stitch"
This man has been working
at this same location in the same 10 square feet of space for a decade. And he
has a thriving business!
Poking holes by hand with his awl
First he puts his own glue
on the shoe and then he starts the process of hand stitching the entire shoe.
Checking out the status of the gluing on
the other shoe
Then he works on the second.
Punching holes with his awl on the second
The shoe man is preparing the second shoe for
stitching by hand punching holes through tops and bottoms. About 1 hour and 70
Baht (about $2USD) later, I have my shoes back and in excellent working