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Shoemaker around 1568

shoemakers (official designation) or shoemakers (of old-high-German Suez air, v. lat. sutor= “details”) are a skilled trade, which serves the production or repair of shoes.

Official holiday: 25. October (it the Schutzheiligen of the shoemakers and Gerber sank Crispin thought.)

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tasks of the shoemaker

on the shoemaker come in practice to more tasks than „only “the production and the repair of shoes. The spectrum of its tasks covers the following central areas:

  • Shoe production - today only measure shoemakers or Orthopädieschuhmacher
  • shoe repair - all shoemakers
  • customer advisory service -engaged shoemaker (shoe/leather care and fitting consultation)
  • sales - all shoemakers (Furnituren and partly also shoes)

depending upon repair shop are offered also some Täschner and upholsterer work.

In particular the consultation of its customers is an important task, there nobody except the shoemaker both from the side relating to crafts, andregarding foot-orthopedic questions and different shoe stretcher practice factors concerned, so much specialized knowledge has. Surely a specialist for Orthopädie has more knowledge concerning the foot health, but the shoemaker is the first member in this chain: It is able to seize simpler problem definitions of the foot health sufficiently exactly, sothat he is able to advise the customer helpfully, which includes perhaps also the advice to a medical examination.

Because the shoemaker is not only as a specialist the customer to questions concerning the shoe repair competent partners, but beyond that also technical Tipps to the shoe andLeather care to give is able, is it for the final consumer an important councellor if it around shoes goes. On the basis the individual wear of carried shoes of the customer as well as possibly in its feet, be able the specialist competent references to the solution from passport form problems and stretcher comfort characteristics to to give.Into its field also service achievements fall as for example accomplishing by Hochglanzpolituren, providing an antique finish or removing from marks in the upper leather, Umfärben of shoes etc.

Like that the shoemaker for the final consumer with questions is round around the shoe (and leathers) the most important partner.In order to be able to fulfill such tasks reliably, it requires solid training relating to crafts, experience of several years and not least also certain loving to the occupation. Because around its knowledge conditions to hold often only the spare time, in which the specialist trains itself further, remains technical periodicals andBooks to the topic reads, or with colleagues exchanges itself.


that formerly many persons employed exhibiting handicraft (all shoes were manufactured manually in former times) decreased/went back with the introduction of machine shoe production starting from approximately 1870 strongly. Today work beside in the industry employedTo shoemakers and the Orthopädieschuhmachern the masters and associate almost exclusively as a repair shoemaker (so-called. Repairing shoemaker).

Because the predominant number of the today's shoes represents only adhesive mass-produced goods, also nearly only such footwear is repaired, so that the normal shoemaker only rarely high-quality, sewn (toExample frame-sewn) shoes to the repair receives. Thus it that only a minority of the shoemakers of machinery and also from their exercise relating to crafts and the associated knowledge (to the mastership examination it is not an obligation a sewn shoe to build) able is, comes high-qualityTo set footwear appropriately in conditions. Because the predominant repairs are bonding work. Only the measure shoemakers and Orthopädieschuhmacher fulfill still the job title „to shoemaker “in the sense of word.

On the increasing change of the market conditions (most shoe shanks in the meantime no more from leather and most shoes are not become outeastern countries as cheap commodity imported) with the new possibilities of the shoe production (AGO shoes and direct top capping as common design) at the latest since the Second World War and further still zuspitzt, the shoemaker handicraft already began sufficiently flexibly did not react themselves. One remained in old structuresand habits. Last, also the dominant organisational structures (the shoemaker guild, as it at present presents itself) of this handicraft do not lead so the opinion of many shoemakers increased to a paralysis. Selected representatives seem to want itself often only personal to form, but no situation improvements for the handicraftto have in the sense. But also on the practical level of the individual Schuhmachereien by the majority no co-operation takes place. Neither regionally nor supraregional. One borders oneself mutually out, in the wrong acceptance, which other one could attain a knowledge before jump and thus a stronger competition become.

Inthe years since the turn of the century the first counterreactions manifest themselves, in order to change this unsatisfactory total situation. Thus for example in Germany the women in the association, connected with the shoe handicraft, united „specialized women registered association “and to meet itself once a year. And for the year 2003 bundleabove all unlocked and younger masters their common interests, try to improve the situation and again a forward movement into that increasingly solidifying and from becoming extinct threatened shoemaker handicraft to bring. The country wide „Blakebest resulting from it “- combination (see Web left) meets regularly at changing places to loose seminar weekendsand is open to all interested shoemakers. There one exchanges then among themselves, loads themselves specialists to lectures, plans common purchases and actions.

By the way also the Austrian measure shoemakers have a similar development owing to the initiative of Dr. Materna (Vienna) and Karl Ivants (bathe) since fewYears experience. One recognized also there, which one gets ahead with a co-operation as if everyone for itself alone the way searches. Thus experiences are passed on and also very specializedspecific kinds of manufacture are discussed. One learns all to profit from each other and from it.

In Germany is from the permissionconcerned from non--masters to some skilled trades also the shoemaker handicraft. Thus those take shoe bar s (high-speed repair services à la Mr. Minit) constantly too and the more and more around new generation procured master enterprises off. But instead of creatively after new possibilities money around shoes to earn approximately (and is ), one seeks to adjust it for example with a shoe finery service offer by occupation foreigner activities like an engraving of describing or a copying of keys conversions which were lost.


the training duration to the shoemaker amounts to in Germany 3 years (Orthopädie shoemakers 3 1/2 year). This can however througha specialized university-level graduation on 2.5 years to be shortened.


Pfriem, awl, borders, shoemaker hammer,…


  • Paul Weber: The shoemaker - an occupation in the change of the time. RK publishing house, Aarau/Stuttgart, 112 S., 1988, ISBN 3-85502-316-6.
  • Helge Sternke: Everything over gentleman shoes. Nicolai publishing house, Berlin, 2006, 560 S., 450 fig., ISBN 3-89479-252-3.
Its own chapter is occupied with the shoe repair and Tipps, as a competent shoemaker is to be found.

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