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Going Rate: Shoe Repairs

This week we visited local shoe-repair businesses to compare prices.

Keeping people looking well-heeled during tough economic times is apparently paying off for shoe-repair businesses.

Art Barsegyan, owner of Shoe Fix in Encino, said, “As soon as the economy went down my business went up. People don’t want to spend money to buy shoes, they want them repaired.”

Encino Patch went to five nearby shoe-repair companies to find the best deals on footwear repairs. These businesses also provide purse, luggage and belt repairs.

has been in business for more than 30 years and is a trusted shop among locals. Repairs to women's high-heeled shoes start at $5 and go up, depending on the style of shoe. For a man’s shoe, the price starts at $5 to $6 and varies upon the extent of the repair. 16545 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818-995-7742.

can repair anything that has to do with leather, according to owner  Barsegyan. For women’s heels, the cost is $15 and includes a complimentary polish. To repair a man’s dress shoe, the price is higher because of the complexity of the shoe, and normally runs around $25. 16403 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818-986-2662.

not only repairs leather items, but also sells accessories such as strings, insoles and stretchers. Women’s heel repairs start at $8 and go up depending on shoe style and size. Men's heel repairs start at $17. 4847 Paso Robles Ave., Encino, 818-798-7031.

Joe’s Shoe Repair offers friendly and prompt service to local residents. Women's heel repairs cost between $8 and $15, depending on the shoe type. Men’s shoe repairs start at $18. 5501 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, 818-881-1790.

Aza’s Shoe Repair is a family-owned business, which has operated for more than 20 years. Women’s heel repairs range from $8 to $12 and men’s shoe repairs start at $14. They also do shoe sole repairs for $22 to $24. 16048 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, 818-787-2582.

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